Locals Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Oklahomans deployed to Florida for Hurricane Dorian in position as storm threatens U.S.

Michigan Red Cross prepares hurricane relief before storm...

The American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas is sending two emergency response vehicles from Jefferson City to help people from Hurricane Dorian.

Right now, 1,600 volunteer workers are currently assisting the Red Cross in the area, but more are expected to be deployed as Dorian makes landfall.

The Red Cross has more than 200 trucks loaded with supplies and emergency response vehicles for mobile feeding en-route to Florida, in addition to supplies already stocked in state.

"But it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact", he said, adding that "we anticipate extensive shelter needs, alongside the need for short-term economic support, as well as for clean water and health assistance". 15 regional volunteers are working in Florida, Georgia, and SC, while two are supporting the efforts virtually.

More than 30 local Red Cross volunteers have already been deployed to Florida, Georgia and SC.

"One of our volunteers is a mental health expert", says Zanny Marsh with the Red Cross.

Millions of people are making their way to emergency shelters, mostly schools built to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Indiana Red Cross members are also in Florida waiting to help people there, as well.

While the Red Cross does not typically collect and distribute blood in Florida, we have sent approximately 350 blood products to local blood centers there to ensure patients in need continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

Now, they're watching Dorian's unpredictable path, and collecting enough blood donations that could be needed.

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