Indiana Red Cross sends aid to areas hit by Harvey

Aug 28, 2017, 01:18
Indiana Red Cross sends aid to areas hit by Harvey

"We're lucky that people have people from around the country as Red Cross workers going down there and helping them out because it really makes a difference, said Sue Rochester-Bolen, of American Red Cross Eastern Connecticut". More volunteers will be sent out to Texas next week between Tuesday and Thursday after officials have assessed exactly how many more volunteers will be needed there.

As people in Texas endured one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the United States since Katrina, Red Cross volunteers from CT stepped in to help. Included in their massive 60,000-pound equipment cache are devices that will allow crew members to break into steel or reinforced concrete buildings and structures, as well as listening devices and cameras for finding people needing rescue. A swift water rescue personnel capable of providing search and rescue in collapsed structures will also accompany the team.

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"No word on how long Missouri Task Force One will be there", said Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp.

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The team of 70 members, which deployed Saturday night from Sherman Oaks, is made up of mostly LAFD firefighters and includes a civilian canine handler, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

24 Hour News 8 got a look inside the Red Cross' disaster relief mobile unit. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS. Over a dozen Red Cross volunteers from CT arrived in Houston Thursday afternoon, ready to help those affected before Harvey made landfall. This time last week, the company opened a donation page to the Southern Poverty Law Center, after clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia led to multiple deaths.

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