Hurricane Relief Resources Split After Harvey, Irma

Lynne Hanson
September 13, 2017

"The generous giving brings aid and comfort to countless who suffer in the wake of this tragic disaster", said Regional Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson.

"Financial support from 7 Eleven helps us deliver disaster relief services and provide food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance", said Don Herring, American Red Cross chief development officer.

The Red Cross originally refrained from sending a mass of people to Florida, because impacts on Virginia were still unknown.

As Hurricane Irma approached the southeastern USA, 7-Eleven pledged last week a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts. Marsh said an average two-week deployment costs $1,600 per volunteer, and with two different areas to cover, they're asking volunteers to stay an extra week.

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She said the shelter offered physical and mental comfort since she has no idea how much damage Hurricane Irma inflicted on her apartment. "You could be there for a few days".

"I know people who lost their business". Once they complete paperwork and processes, they are likely able to deploy in about a week or so. You may not have access to cell phones. Currently, 12 volunteers are working the Harvey response, and seven have been deployed to Irma. However, since Katrina, we really have put in a lot of lessons learned in place.

"Our top priority is the safety of our volunteers, so one of the things we are looking for is how quickly we can get in and keep our volunteers safe at the same time", Wallace said. "Some of the more experienced people were sent there because they had done disaster relief before". She plans to land in Kansas on Tuesday and be on a plane to Florida by the end of the week, to assist Irma victims.

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