What is the Red Cross doing as the East Coast of our country is getting ready for recovery from hurricane Irene?
As you know, millions of people have been and are currently being affected by Hurricane Irene. On the first evening Friday 8/26, we operated or supported nearly 150 shelters with more than 13,000 residents and we are prepared to open and support dozens more shelters up and down the East Coast as the storm progresses.
The full force of The Red Cross is being utilized in response to this Disaster which means thousands of trained disaster workers are helping people up and down the East coast. At least 40 of those volunteers are from our local Greater Ozarks Region.
The Red Cross is working closely with government agencies and partners to identify risks in states with sheltering and mass care planning. Volunteers from partner organizations like AmeriCorps NCCC, Southern Baptist Convention and Islamic Relief USA are positioned alongside Red Cross workers in some areas.
What can you do?
Thank you for helping your local Red Cross meet the needs of our neighbors near and far.Nigel - Red Cross Volunteer