Local volunteers are returning from Texas after being deployed to help out with disaster relief and clean up.
Currently, we have over 50 Red Cross Volunteers from Wichita, in Texas responding to Harvey and 20 who recently landed in Florida.
Just last night, the Red Cross rolled out a massive financial assistance program that's already put $15 million into the hands of qualifying victims.
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"It was 14 days, long hours". He's volunteered locally for the Red Cross for years, collecting nonperishable items to send to previous natural disaster zones and working on local projects.
The American Red Cross is preparing for an influx of people seeking shelter from Florida and Georgia.
Tauscheck says volunteers often feel as if they get more from the experience than they give, and the retention rate for the volunteers is high. And he says there's a certain comfort in knowing ME volunteers are stepping up to help others. As donations from around the country poured in, he was able to see the nation's generosity at work.
They have no water or electricity, limited cellphone service and no way out on the lone road, Highway 1, stretching from Key West to Key Largo near the mainland, Baumgartner said. If you would like to help, you can register on their website.
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Wallace said donations of clothing, in times where many have lost everything, could be a burden. "We're encouraging people to bring extra blankets, pillows and personal items that will make their stay more comfortable".
"I do not get paid for what I do".
Thousands of people will need help in the coming days and weeks after Hurricane Irma raked across Florida and parts of Georgia, and the Red Cross is looking to IL for assistance.
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The vice president said the federal government is prepared to stand with local and state officials for both the "live-saving mission" and for recovery efforts after the storm.