Red Cross volunteer from Milford helping Florence victims

Gwen Vasquez
September 22, 2018

And if people still want to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence, but can't physically go down to the Carolinas, Breitbach said there's plenty that they can do.

The ravaged Carolina coast strikes the heart of Minnesota, as the American Red Cross in Minneapolis coordinates the deployment of 50 volunteers already working in the storm devastated region out east.

While Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still so risky.

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Florence has now been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression.

Riddle said one of the nine volunteers, Pam Dixon, is a former firefighter and EMT on the New Concord Fire Department with military experience and a background in organizational leadership and management.

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Local Red Cross volunteers are now right in the middle of the extensive flooding sparked by Hurricane Florence in both North Carolina and SC.

Text the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Flooding is so bad that North Carolina's Department of Transportation has issued an advisory recommending people do not travel in parts of the state. "To all those affected, stay safe and know that we're here to help".

The organization responds to 64,000 disasters on an annual basis, with 95 percent of relief workers serving on a volunteer basis.

Boots on the ground include David Anderson from the American Red Cross of Northeast Florida. She advised those who wish to volunteer in the Florence response efforts to call the local Red Cross office at 423-378-8700. There is a critical need for platelet and type O blood donations. "We need others to step up", said the local Red Cross director.

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