What the American Red Cross needs from you to help with disaster relief

Evacuation and water rescues are continuing throughout the Carolinas one week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. Dealing with the aftermath of the storm is leaving the American Red Cross in need of help.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 6:53 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The skies may be blue again over the coastal Carolinas, but they are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Evacuation and water rescues are continuing throughout the Carolinas one week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. Dealing with the aftermath of the storm is leaving the American Red Cross in need of help.

People are deal with flooding, food shortages, and an estimated 220,000 are currently without power.

More than 72 Hoosiers have been deployed to help, but there are ways those of us here can help the cause.

“The donations in the southeast region have been impacted but the need for blood continues,” said Angelique Zobitz, Board Member for the West Central chapter of the American Red Cross. “So if there are individuals who can help with disaster relief donations which take care of food, shelter, emergency supplies.”

She says there is still a need for help, and there will continue to be a need for the next upcoming months.

“Disaster relief is an ongoing thing,” she said. “When individuals are struck by disaster we are looking at things like their livelihoods, their homes may be impacted so it's not a one time thing.”

She emphasized that they are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in southeast Texas, and Hurricane Maria, which landed in Puerto Rico. Both caused devastation that is still being dealt with.

She also said they are continuously dealing with providing aid to those suffering in our own community.

Zobitz said they are in dire need of money and blood donations. There are multiple ways to donate money to the Red Cross, both generally and specifically for Florence relief efforts.

Either go to the Red Cross website, call 1-800-redcross, or call FLORENCE-0999. To learn more about how to give blood, click the "Give Blood" tab at the top of the Red Cross website.

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