OMAHA, Nebraska – Volunteers from the American Red Cross in Nebraska continue to assist those affected by Hurricane Ian. As of Saturday morning, eleven certified disaster professionals from Nebraska have volunteered to provide care and comfort to families and individuals who are picking up the pieces following the devastation caused by the hurricane.
In addition, emergency response vehicles from the Red Cross in Omaha and North Platte have been dispatched to the affected area. These vans join dozens of others from across the nation in delivering tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals and cleanup supplies in areas where doing so is safe.
In Florida, almost 1,300 trained Red Cross disaster workers are working around the clock to provide comfort and assistance to those affected by the damage, and hundreds more are assisting in five additional states, from Georgia to Virginia. More than 3,700 individuals sought safety in 50 Red Cross and partner shelters in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina on Friday night. Volunteers are meeting the urgent needs of affected residents by offering a secure place to stay, food, relief materials, medical services, and emotional support.
Before the storm, the Red Cross mobilized 83 truckloads of cots, blankets, and comfort kits, as well as tens of thousands of relief items, and emergency response vehicles were prepositioned around the area.
Visit redcross.org, phone 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word IAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation if you’re interested in aiding individuals affected by Hurricane Ian.
In addition, with nearly a thousand uncollected blood and platelet donations in hurricane-affected areas, the Red Cross urges individuals in unaffected areas of the country to schedule a blood donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org to ensure patients in hurricane-affected areas have access to lifesaving blood.