The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to strengthen and take aim at the southeast coast of the United States.
Over 600 trained volunteers from all across the country have been mobilized ahead of Dorian’s projected landfall, including at least 10 from Eastern New York, so far. Hear more from some of them in these local news clips from around the region:
WNYT NewsChannel 13: Red Cross volunteers from Capital Region head to Florida for Hurricane Dorian
If you have loved ones living in the potential path of Hurricane Dorian, take time to check in on them this Labor Day weekend, and encourage them to be prepared! Tell them to follow their local news for the latest updates and prepare to evacuate quickly if local officials tell them to do so.
HOW TO HELP
You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN 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, recovery planning and other assistance.
The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for blood donations following a summer shortage. We encourage eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood. While no Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the approaching hurricane at this time, we expect fewer donors will likely come out to donate at drives in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions.