Updated Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hurricane Florence 2018
September 26, 2018. Raeford, North Carolina. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

Since Hurricane Florence made landfall, the American Red Cross has been working around the clock to operate shelters, assess the damage, deliver food and relief supplies, support disaster health needs and help people plan their next steps. Red Cross volunteers were in place even before the storm’s onslaught began, and will be there in the weeks to come to help people get back on their feet.

FAST FACTS (as of Monday, October 8)

  • In total, the Red Cross and other relief organizations have provided more than 123,000 overnight stays in shelters across the Carolinas.
  • Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 1.5 million meals and snacks.
  • Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 45,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
  • We’ve distributed nearly 300,000 relief items like clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, bleach, garbage bags and much more to help with the massive clean-up effort underway.
  • More than 2,800 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country – 94 percent volunteers – are currently helping to shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence. At least 74 volunteers from the Eastern New York Region were physically deployed to support this work, with another 10 deployed virtually to provide remote support.

Volunteers deployed to North Carolina

  • Gary Amell of Chazy
  • Carol Bazan of Guilderland
  • Sue Bixby of Howes Cave
  • Jamie Bonner of Westville
  • Kevin Boston of Utica
  • Bonnie Brill of New Paltz
  • Christian Callaway of Delmar
  • Shayne Charlton of Watertown
  • Charles Clark of Gansevoort
  • Lisa Clark of South Glens Falls
  • Eli Cohen of Hopewell Junction
  • Robert Coughlin of Saratoga Springs
  • Derek Dobson of Schenectady
  • Bob Domanico of Halfmoon
  • Patricia DuBois of Altamont
  • Bob DuBois of Altamont
  • Daniel Enea of Little Falls
  • Diann Fischer of Herkimer
  • Austin Fisher of Schenectady
  • Jeff Fox of Schenectady
  • Deborah Frederick of Queensbury
  • Jane Gendron of Watertown
  • Sherie Grinter of Saratoga Springs
  • Roy Guilder of Watertown
  • Steve Hatfield of Whitehall
  • Carl Heiner of Ballston Spa
  • Adam Hohl of Utica
  • Patrick Horan of Poughkeepsie
  • Craig Jackson of Niskayuna
  • Valerie Juby of Lowville
  • Don Lamanna of Oneonta
  • Alex Lopez of Amsterdam
  • Kate Mahoney of Albany
  • Keith Matteson of Saugerties
  • John McCarthy of Rifton
  • Mark McDonnell of Latham
  • Josh Moskowitz of Schuylerville
  • Diane Mueller of Saugerties
  • Garrett Ost of Menands
  • Edna Quesnel of Ticonderoga
  • Julia Richards of Delmar
  • Maly Rivera of Amsterdam
  • Mark Rooks of Saranac Lake
  • Chris Sadlocha of Gilbertsville
  • Jose Santiago of Kerhonkson
  • Joe Sartoris of Cambridge
  • Randy Saumier of Massena
  • Cortney Shatraw of Watertown
  • Diane Shoen of Watertown
  • Frank Sierra of Glasco
  • Larry Storch of Burnt Hills
  • Dennis Therrien of Gansevoort
  • Mike Tripodi of Loudonville
  • John Vale of Poughkeepsie
  • Mikayla VanAlphen of Hillsdale
  • Leigh Walrath of Saranac Lake
  • Albert West of Averill Park
  • Jim White of Clinton
  • Lauren Whitman of Troy
  • Joanne Wilson of Queensbury
  • Marla Zuarino of Clifton Park

Volunteers deployed to South Carolina

  • Jim Ambrose of Albany
  • Frank Broderick of Ballston Lake
  • Gail Butler of Guilderland
  • Kevin Coffey of Saratoga Springs
  • Karl Costin of Plattsburgh
  • Sam Crisino of Poland
  • Ed Cubanski of Saratoga Springs
  • Bob Fitzgerald of Rouses Point
  • Rich Hajeris of Albany
  • William Loeb of Glens Falls
  • Alex Lopez of Amsterdam
  • Maly Rivera of Amsterdam
  • Barry Washburn of Gansevoort
  • Jim White of Clinton
  • Mary Carol Yoshino of Hamilton


The Red Cross is responding to devastating, prolonged flooding and needs financial donations to be able to support thousands of people right now. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS. If you are donating by check, the best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write that disaster’s name in the memo line. We also recommend completing and mailing this donation form with any check.


Hundreds of blood drives have been forced to cancel due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in thousands of uncollected blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross urges people in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to care for patients in the Southeast and throughout the country. You can schedule an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).