Heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy is expected to cause flooding around the Pamlico Sound area and the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting by sending an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) with a team of volunteers and supplies. The ERV team is two Goldsboro residents; disaster volunteers Roberto Mendozo and Audrey King are making their way to the Pamlico area to support the response efforts. They will use the ERV for mobile feed and distribution of clean up kits and other supplies.
Roberto has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 30 years and Audrey has been with the organization for 5 years. Both volunteers have teamed up in previous response operations around North Carolina. Last year they drove the ERV equipped with food and supplies to communities affected by the spring tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.
Audrey says she volunteers to help others in needs. “Disasters can be devastating to those that are affected by them,” said Audrey. “It’s about helping out those who need it most and it’s a way to give back to your community.”
The Red Cross is continuing to move volunteers throughout our region to support the response operation. There are 121 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV’s) on alert across the country, which will move into areas across the US affected by Sandy to assist with mobile feeding and bulk distribution of supplies.
Sandy is expected to bring as much as ten inches of rain and flooding in some areas, winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour, extended power outages and even several feet of snow in the higher elevations.
Red Cross chapters throughout the potentially affected areas are mobilizing hundreds of disaster workers, readying shelters and coordinating response efforts with community partners. Red Cross workers across the northeast are finalizing preparations in advance of opening shelters as early as Sunday afternoon if needed. Relief supplies like cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals and snacks are being moved into place to support sheltering efforts.
If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief - click, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.