American Red Cross updates how Ohio is helping in Florida

There are currently 39 local staff/volunteers in Florida helping with Red Cross hurricane response.  The number of local Red Cross disaster workers we are sending from our area grows each day.  Our volunteers are among more than 1,500 Red Crossers from all 50 states. Residents from Central and Southern Ohio have seen the devastation and want to help.  We’ve received a spike in volunteer applications within the last week—over 250 new applicants. The Emergency Response Vehicles from our area left for Florida over the weekend.  One left from Dayton, two from Cincinnati.  Those vehicles are now in Florida and are being used for mass feeding and distribution of supplies. Along with our partners we’ve provided nearly 141,00 meals and snacks to people in need.  Many neighborhoods that were home to retirees on fixed incomes and mobile home parks have been left unrecognizable. Conditions remain challenging which makes it difficult for people to get help.Red Cross volunteers are focused on reaching out to offer relief and support so that no one faces this tough time alone. The relief process is slow and we have a long road ahead.

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