Two more local residents are joining 38 American Red Cross volunteers from the Western and Central New York region to support the response to Hurricane Florence.
Frank Davis, of Burdett, has been deployed to South Carolina for government operations, while Cindy Schamel, of Bradford, will assist with sheltering in North Carolina.
A week after landfall, the American Red Cross is working around the clock to do all it can to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Florence even as flooding continues.
Wednesday night, more than 5,600 people stayed in 73 Red Cross and community shelters. In total, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 96,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters across the Carolinas and Virginia. The Red Cross has provided 91 percent of these stays. More than 3,600 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have mobilized to help shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence during this relief operation.
Working with partners, the Red Cross has served about 300,000 meals and snacks, and in partnership with the Southern Baptists, is planning to serve some 100,000 meals per day, which are being prepared in multiple field kitchens. More than 140 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) have been mobilized, including two from Western and Central New York, as well as more than 110 trailers of equipment and supplies. Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 9,600 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees, and we’ve distributed more than 3,400 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes.