Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Six local Red Cross volunteers provide Tropical Storm Florence disaster relief

Six local Red Cross volunteers provide Tropical Storm Florence disaster relief

Organizers also say they're able to leverage donations and stretch each dollar further.

The Red Cross Relief Doughnut is a strawberry shortcake donut, made with local strawberries from Hurricane Creek Farms, topped with vanilla icing.

The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations for Hurricane Florence relief three ways.

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"Preparation is our Hallmark we sent volunteers in place long before this storm began", said Red Cross regional public relations manager Colin Williams.

"We have a critical need right now to expand our workforce", said Peter Brown, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter. Like I've already seen they ran out of cots in North Carolina.

Local managers say numerous volunteers watched the start of the flooding, then went to work.

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The Red Cross held an all-day training on Saturday to prepare volunteers interested in responding to local emergencies or potentially deploying to one of the cities hit by Florence.

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. Go to Red Cross.org or text "Florence" to 90999 and make a donation or call the number on your screen. The campaign is being managed by The Direct Impact Fund, which collects and distributes funds to verified campaigns and aid groups created to help those affected.

On Saturday, more than 30 other emergency response vehicles from around the country will roll in at the Macon State Farmers Market on Eisenhower Parkway.

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In the immediate area where Florence makes landfall, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible and power, water, sewer and phone services could be disrupted for an extended time after the storm's landfall, the Red Cross said. This is because, according to Breitbach, the Red Cross has to cancel blood drives in the areas affected by the hurricanes.

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