Red Cross sending relief to the East Coast

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the East Coast so are folks from our local Red Cross.

The Southeast Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross has already sent four groups to the East Coast to help with the storm.

One group went to Georgia, one to South Carolina, and two were sent to Orlando.

The staff members and volunteers who were sent over will be helping with operations, fundraising, and disaster mental health.

Four more emergency response vehicles will be leaving tomorrow morning around 10 o’clock. As of now, it is unknown where they will be going, but officials say it’s likely they will head to Florida. American Red Cross of Southeast Mississippi Executive Director John McFarland said, “This is the time of year, mid-August to mid-September is when we are most vulnerable. So, no matter what happens with this storm, this is the time to be preparing. So, every time you go to the store buy a little extra bottle of water, buy a few extra snacks that you can use, buy extra batteries, make sure you have your insurance papers and birth certificates and prescriptions, the kind of things you might need to pack and take off.”

If you would like to get involved with the Red Cross, there will be a shelter training class tomorrow at the Red Cross Office in Gulfport. Class times are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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