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Additional Red Cross Volunteers Deploying to Support Hurricane Dorian Response

Seven total Western and Central NY volunteers deployed to Florida, South Carolina


BUFFALO, NY, Saturday, August 31, 2019 - The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to grow stronger and take aim at the southeast coast of the U. S. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, as much as 15 inches of rain, flooding and a high storm surge. As many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina may need emergency shelter.


The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend.

We are mobilizing over 600 trained volunteers from all over the country, 20 emergency response vehicles and more than 60 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies to help people in the path of Hurricane Dorian.


Seven volunteers from Western and Central New York have been deployed to support the Dorian relief efforts (updates in bold):

Evacuation shelters are likely to open this weekend. Anyone who needs a safe place to go will be able to find information for open Red Cross shelters in our free Emergency App. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.


PLEASE GIVE BLOOD

With the holiday weekend and approaching hurricane expected to disrupt blood donations, we urge eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to roll up a sleeve to give today. The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for blood donations following a summer shortage. While no Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the hurricane at this time, we anticipate low blood donor turnout in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions in the days ahead. Schedule an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).