Local response agencies requesting monetary donations as Florence impact continues to emerge

22 September, 2018, 21:38 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Following the news that Hurricane Florence made landfall, Google has announced plans to match up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross.

"Locally, we have multiple volunteers - as many as 80 to 100 people - who are on standby in Lima and Allen County", Stemen said.

In the wake of the storm's aftermath, residents need our help.

With the devastation Florence has caused in the Carolinas, mostly as a result of unprecedented flooding, the Red Cross is there right now to help.

Flood waters consumed areas along the North Carolina coast as Florence drenched the area.

Florence has now been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression. A Red Cross spokeswoman says the local Huntsville chapter was contacted to send the volunteers.

"We know from the hurricanes past year that a lot of the well-intended donations ended up in landfills", said Executive Director of Northeast Ohio's American Red Cross Karen Conklin. In addition to financial donation, the Red Cross is also asking for blood donations with almost 150 blood drives cancelled due to Florence.

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Anderson's job in Myrtle Beach is over, but she is preparing for her next assignment in another storm zone in the Carolinas.

For information about volunteering or making a donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org.

"I'm hopeful to be able to provide support to the families that are affected by this", said Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Leader Lori Ayers.

Boots on the ground include David Anderson from the American Red Cross of Northeast Florida.

Melissa Papini, disaster program manager, said 19 trained volunteers from the chapter's five-county area in northeastern OH, as well as supplies, have been sent.

The volunteers have been driving emergency response vehicles, operating shelters and distributing food and supplies, among other things, Williams said. "We have asked them to hold on, we may need them here in Pennsylvania".

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