Red Cross volunteers forced to wait out Florence before assisting

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Tropical Storm Florence pounded on the east coast Saturday afternoon. As soon as it is safe enough, Red Cross volunteers like Linda Buschmann are ready to move in. 

“Until that moves out, no one will be able to move in and help those people,” said Buschmann. 

Buschmann, from Cincinnati, rode to the east coast in a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle. It left Dayton earlier this week. She’s now waiting out the storm in Macon, Georgia. 

“I’ve the devastation all the way back to when Hurricane Katrina hit. There’s just so many people that need help. What motivates me is just seeing it on the news and knowing that I need to get there and help people,” Buschmann said. 

In Macon, she’s joined by volunteers from across the country. She said in her current locations, there are 30 Emergency Response Vehicles waiting for the storm to pass. As soon as it does, their main task will be feeding people. 

“On the news, they’re saying there’s close to 1 million people without power which means no food, no refridgeration so there will be a huge need for that,” she said.

It’s still unknown where she’ll set up to feed people. The only sure thing is that she’ll be there to help. 

“People have just come from everywhere and we’re all waiting to help,” Buschmann said.

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