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11 Additional Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploying in Advance of Hurricane Dorian

Nine additional local American Red Cross responders are deploying to support Red Cross relief efforts in advance of Hurricane Dorian.

Responders Susan Ferrara, Ann Ashe, Laura Callahan, Paul Shaffer, Lee Mashburn, Donna Hathaway, Thomas Kimball, Denise Panosky, Alexandria Greenbaum, Roger Simmons, and Elizabeth Freeman are deploying to support Red Cross relief efforts in advance of Hurricane Dorian. The volunteers will serve in the areas of Sheltering, Procurement, Health Services, Volunteer Intake, and Technology. 

These responders are nine of close to 2,500 Red Cross volunteers in the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross and hail from the following communities: Mystic, Gales Ferry, Milford, Norwich, Litchfield, Uncasville, Ridgefield, Ledyard, West Hartford, Brookfield, and Stonington. These volunteers and others have deployed to Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia (Staging Area), and virtually.  In the coming days, depending on the storm track and severity, the Red Cross anticipates deploying more responders.  To date, the Red Cross in Connecticut has sent 28 responders in advance of Hurricane Dorian. 

The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the extremely dangerous storm tracks towards the southeast coast of the U.S. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, millions of people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, rain, flooding and a high storm surge, even if the storm doesn’t make direct landfall on the coast. The Red Cross is coordinating with partners to support evacuation centers, as planning estimates indicate some 60,000 people in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina may need help. Sunday night, some 2,600 people stayed in 60 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters in Florida. We are mobilizing over 1,600 trained volunteers from all over the country, 110 emergency response vehicles, and 99 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals. 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.The Red Cross has also pre-positioned additional blood products and stocked many of our hospitals to capacity in areas of the Southeast likely to be impacted by the storm early next week.

You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance. With the holiday weekend and approaching hurricane expected to disrupt blood donations, we urge eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to roll up a sleeve to give today. The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for blood donations following a summer shortage. While no Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the hurricane at this time, we anticipate low blood donor turnout in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions in the days ahead. 

Schedule an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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