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Idaho Red Cross volunteers helping Hurricane Dorian victims

Posted: 4:48 PM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 18:48:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — Four Red Cross volunteers from Idaho are deployed to the East Coast to help out with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. And more are expected to head out in the days and weeks to come.

Two volunteers from Boise have deployed to Florida and will help with setting up shelters.

Two others –- another from Boise and one from Meridian –- have been sent to Georgia and will help out with safety, logistics and training there.

An Idaho Red Cross emergency response vehicle team is currently on standby … and could be heading to the East Coast as well.

“Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of everything we do,” Red Cross of Greater Idaho and Montana CEO Nicole Sirak Irwin said. “When disasters strike, they raise their hands to help those who need it most, and we can’t thank them enough.”

The American Red Cross say it is working around the clock to prepare for Hurricane Dorian and help people who have been forced to evacuate because of this storm. Red Cross is mobilizing more than 1,600 trained volunteers from all over the country, 110 emergency response vehicles, and 99 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals.

The Red Cross also has pre-positioned additional blood products and stocked many hospitals to capacity in areas of the Southeast likely to be affected by the storm.

To make a donation and help those families impacted by Hurricane Dorian, visit redcross.org or call 800-RED-CROSS. Text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

To make an appointment to donate blood or to find a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.