September 12 – With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast, the Central and Southern Illinois Region of the American Red Cross is preparing disaster response efforts.
As of Tuesday, the Region had 37 staff and volunteers assigned to help open and operate evacuation shelters, serve meals and provide health services. Staff and Volunteers are also filling leadership roles in Logistics, Operations, Mass Care and Planning.
Hurricane Florence is an extremely dangerous storm and on track to strike the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina. States of emergency have been declared in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Even after making landfall, Florence could bring heavy rain all the way to New England.
Red Cross disaster workers are standing by and relief supplies and equipment are being moved into the region. The agency is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate potential response efforts.
During the peak of hurricane season, the American Red Cross will respond to more than 9,000 miles of land and sea to help those in the path of these storms. The American Red Cross serving the Central and Southern Illinois Region serves 72 counties in Illinois, four in Missouri and two in Iowa.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Red Cross can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution.