Red Cross of Lubbock ready to deploy in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Red Cross of Lubbock ready to deploy in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Harrington is just one of many local Red Cross volunteers who will be making their way down to the coast to help with relief efforts. A second wave will be deployed pending how much devastation the Hurricane leaves behind.

The Red Cross' Dan Halyburton said volunteers at shelters just West of Cocoa Beach near Cape Canaveral will move into storm-ravaged areas once they're declared safe by law enforcement.

Conley said that volunteers had been going out to shelter locations to make sure the facilities met the Red Cross requirements. One of the biggest challenges for volunteers is timing and getting in quickly is crucial.

The Red Cross is also dealing with other disasters such as the flooding in Iowa and Louisiana. She says it has been a significant amount of time since we've seen a hurricane of this magnitude.

More help is on the way as storm conditions permit.

"We surprisingly had a ton of volunteers", said Josh Clendenen with Middle Tennessee Electric.

If you are interested in helping those affected by the storm, you can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

WTAQ's Melissa Barclay reporting
WTAQ's Melissa Barclay reporting. MNzR7VLx4X8

"Got some tears in my eyes, and told her I wish I could do more", Mays said.

Blum, an experienced emergency response volunteer for the American Red Cross said she knew it was time to step into action when she got the call to head down to Florida this week. Right now, the shelters are housing 150 people, but Del Signore said they have room for around 11,000.

When devastating floods hit North Dakota in 2009 and 2011, Red Cross volunteers from across the nation rushed to help, Stotz said.

"I hope we don't get a huge influx of people (at once)", she said.

Hemminger, Red Cross disaster program manager for the Upper Peninsula, will serve as a shelter supervisor in Orlando for two weeks. Donations can be made at or by calling 800-REDCROSS.

The Red Cross also has an app to download on smartphones.



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