Idaho volunteers on standby for Hurricane Michael relief
BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) —
Idaho Red Cross volunteers are on standby, preparing to deploy to Hurricane Michael within the next couple of days.
Red Cross staff and volunteers have been busy pivoting supplies and resources from Florence impact zones to Hurricane Michael.
30 Idaho volunteers and an emergency response vehicle just got back from Florence. However, Red Cross staff in Boise say they have a team on the ground ready to support 15,000 people impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Due to the catastrophic impact, blood drives have been cancelled near affected areas. Red cross staff members say in order to keep the nation’s blood supply up, they are asking people in unaffected zones to donate blood.
According to Bryce Sitter, with the Idaho Red Cross, Tuesday night approximately 4,000 people stayed in 70 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
"Our volunteers are wonderful people. these are people that have a bag on the ready to deploy to a house fire locally or to deploy for 10 days, or two weeks, or three weeks on a big national disaster like this," Sitter said.
Sitter says financial donations are a huge need in enabling the Red Cross to prepare and supply in helping people recover from this disaster and you can help!
You can find a place to donate financial support or give blood at 1-800-red-cross or online at redcross.org.