Red Cross volunteers ready to deploy once again

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Red Cross volunteers who deployed to the Carolinas are now getting ready to head to Florida.

Executive Director of the Dayton Area Chapter of the America Red Cross, Cory Paul dubbed Hurricane Michael, “one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.”

Michael hit the coast as a powerful category four storm – laying waste to the Florida panhandle.

Paul said: “There are people that are in shelters right now that won’t be able to go back to their home. It doesn’t exist anymore.”

And it’s two hurricanes back-to-back. Red Cross volunteers are still in the Carolinas, helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

“This is a complex emergency,” Paul said. “Volunteers that are deployed in South Carolina/North Carolina, will likely either stay there or move to Georgia/Florida.”

Michael is currently churning over the southern US as a tropical storm, adding more rainfall to areas already hit hard, just weeks ago.

“The hurricane is actually going over some of the affected areas of what Florence hit,” Paul said.

He acknowledged getting donations, so soon after a prior hurricane isn’t always easy. But the need is there and the devastation left behind by the storm is clear.

“But,” he said, “we trust our donors and we rely on our donors to see that there’s human hurt and human suffering.”

If you’re interested in donating to help or volunteering, visit www.redcross.com.

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