COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As hurricane Florence barrels across the Carolinas, the American Red Cross is preparing to assist many victims.
Shelters are set up throughout the east coast. Some American Red Cross volunteers from central Ohio are in the thick of the storm.
Since hurricane Florence hit, American Red Cross volunteers from central Ohio have been doing everything they can to help even if that means driving through the storm to assist in shelters.
Hurricane Florence is inching along after making landfall in North Carolina and will soon hunker down over the Palmetto state. Snapping power lines and taking out anything in its path. Some Ohio Buckeye American Red Cross volunteers are headed right towards it.
“We are in it for the long haul,” said volunteer Kitty Stephens.
Driving from Virginia, Kitty Stephens apart of the Red Cross rapid response team will be serving as a mental health counselor deployed to the affected Carolina areas. She says there is no telling what part of the Carolinas she will end up settling in.
“Basically it is meeting their needs right now, making sure they have shelter and food and that they are safe,” said Stephens.
In fact, this is not Stephens first time assisting with hurricane victims and seeing the damage it can cause on an entire state.
“It looks just like what Katrina looked like, so I am thinking it is going to be very similar to that. They are still saying even though the category has gone down, the wind and the water is what the main concern is and the damage that can be done with that,” said Stephens.
Depending on the destruction Florence leaves behind Red Cross volunteers could be down in the southeast coast for months.
“We aren’t going to stop providing the help and the support that the community needs.”