Apple to donate $1M for Hurricane Florence relief efforts

23 September, 2018, 04:26 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Hurricane Florence starts lashing North Carolina Coast

To bolster relief efforts, the Red Cross is mobilizing almost 130 emergency response vehicles and more than 70 trailers of equipment and supplies, including ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 100,000 people.

"(We) partnered with the National Guard to transport both supplies and volunteers into areas more cut off from flooding", she said.

"We've become good at it", Russ says.

Those people that have been sent to the East Coast have been trained to take care of specific feeding and supply needs. Our volunteers really embrace it, and we really see that. They were at American Red Cross Greater New York headquarters Monday, getting ready to deploy to North Carolina.

They are now working in many jobs from running shelters to distributing food to victims of Hurricane Florence. Three emergency response vehicles and 20 volunteers have deployed from the Dakotas region, including two from Custer, who arrived at their destination in North Carolina on Thursday. "The operation will change over time".

"You can also volunteer with The American Red Cross and other organizations on the ground".

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Koch, who retired 1 1/2 years ago from his architectural antique retail store, refused to watch the natural disaster play out on a screen.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide disaster relief immediately.

The next step for workers is helping residents figure out what they can do next.

Donations to help the Red Cross response to areas impacted by Florence may be made by texting "Florence" to 90999, by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or online at

"Or they can mail a check to one of the Red Cross offices as well", she said. Platelet and type O blood donations are especially needed right now.



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