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Volunteer Deploying to S.C. as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

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The American Red Cross is mobilizing response efforts as the powerful and slow-moving Hurricane Matthew threatens millions of people in the Caribbean and United States. 

From the Finger Lakes Chapter, Donna Davis of the Schuyler County community of Burdett is traveling to Columbia, S.C. where she will serve as a government liaison supervisor in the State Emergency Operations Center. She is the third volunteer from the Western and Central New York Region deployed in anticipation of Matthew’s U.S. landfall. Diane Sargent of Lockport and Pittsford resident Sarah Perkins are deployed to Florida. 

Trained Red Cross disaster relief workers are being mobilized to prepare shelters and relief supplies for a full East Coast response. From Florida to New England, the Red Cross is finalizing shelter plans and preparing vehicles and supplies to be ready to respond. The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate potential response efforts. 


Depending on the path and impact of the storm, Hurricane Matthew may force the cancellation of some Red Cross blood drives along the East Coast. Additionally, fewer donors will likely come out to donate at drives in affected areas due to poor weather conditions. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the potential hurricane path of Hurricane Matthew and plans to send additional blood products to areas likely to be impacted by the storm to ensure patient needs continue to be met. It’s important to remember that it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps during a disaster. Eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by Hurricane Matthew are urged to schedule an appointment. 


The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a hurricane makes landfall in the United States. Warehouses are stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles are on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.