Red Cross sends volunteer to South Carolina, many on standby

Red Cross volunteer heads to South Carolina

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The local American Red Cross is sending one trained volunteer to South Carolina to help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

There are also many others who are on standby should more volunteers to be called elsewhere to help.

"We do have volunteers who are trained in sheltering, feeding, working with our government and community partners," said Lorri Powers, the Executive Director of the Coastal Virginia chapter.

A few nights ago, the Red Cross housed more than 3,600 people in 84 shelters across Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

With the hurricane still making its way to the Florida coast, trained volunteers are ready if it carves up a path of damage.

"We have all of our volunteers on alert to be ready to go at a moment's notice so we've been working this week making hundreds and hunreds of phone calls and email reach outs," said Powers.
 
Even with about 500 volunteers on-call nationwide, the Red Cross says anyone else who wants to lend a hand can still be trained, if interested.

On social media, the local offices already has people reaching out.

In disasters like this volunteers aren't the only things that will help.

"We are looking at a blood shortage because of this storm and a lot of the local blood drives are cancelled because of this storm," said Powers.

She said many blood drives this week have been canceled because of the storm but there will be some this weekend around Hampton Roads.

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