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October 29, 2020

Volunteers Deploy for Hurricane Laura

American Red Cross. (PRNewsfoto/American Red Cross)

AUGUST 26, 2020 – Red Cross volunteers from the Greater Carolina’s Region are assisting with Hurricane Laura disaster response. Nine volunteers are currently deployed from our region (3 virtually and 6 in person). Our team here at home is ready to respond to possible impacts in our region.

In Louisiana and Texas, the Red Cross is ready for a large response effort with nearly 600 trained disaster workers helping communities threatened by Hurricane Laura. We also have pre-positioned shelter and relief supplies along the Gulf Coast, and additional workers are standing by if needed.

The Red Cross is coordinating closely with community partners and emergency officials to ensure people have a safe place during the storm; how the Red Cross supports sheltering efforts may vary in each community, depending on local plans. On Tuesday night, as many as 5,000 people were provided a safe place to stay in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels.

You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Laura. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word LAURA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance.

You can also volunteer to help families impacted by disasters locally and across the country. Join our Disaster Response Virtual Volunteer Fair on September 1st from 12-1pm. Sign up: tinyurl.com/VirtualVolunteerFairRSVP.

You can read more about our response here.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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