American Red Cross volunteers will likely be leaving Connecticut in the next 24 to 48 hours to help with Hurricane Florence relief in North and South Carolina.
“The Red Cross is preparing throughout the east coast for this,” Mario Bruno, CEO Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island, said. “We are in the process of deploying folks from all over the country to North and South Carolina.”
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They are loading supplies like emergency blankets, comfort kits and bottles of water into emergency response vehicles.
“Their primary purpose will be to bring down supplies to wherever landfall happens,” Bruno said. “They’ll be utilized to provide mobile feeding and they will be used to mobilize disaster supplies around the disaster area.”
Volunteers will be helping with providing shelter, food and mental health support. The Red Cross is urging people to download their app in case of an emergency.
“We tell people to have at least a gallon of water for every person in the house and to have a good plan in case an evacuation takes place,” Bruno said.