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San Diego Sending Volunteers to Help with Hurricane Florence

Communities from across the country are sending out volunteers to help Hurricane Florence victims.

The San Diego Red Cross sent out volunteers earlier in the week and the San Diego Humane Society is sending a team Sunday morning to help with animal rescues.

At a Red Cross warehouse in North Carolina, water bottles, cots, blankets and snacks are at the ready for victims involved in Hurricane Florence.

American Red Cross San Diego-Imperial Counties volunteers were on the ground across the Carolinas and Virginia ready to help.

“Volunteers are serving in a wide range of functions,” spokeswoman Emily Cox said. “Some feeding, working in warehouses making sure that vehicles delivering supplies are well-supplied.”

Most of the local volunteers arrived on Thursday and more could be sent, based on the need. And right now, the need is big.

San Diego Red Cross volunteers will be helping with Hurricane victims for at least two weeks, possibly three.

The Red Cross says around 17,000 people stayed in 240 Red Cross or community-based shelters Friday night.

Aside from the Red Cross, the San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team was also preparing to send a team to help on Sunday morning.

The Humane Society team is trained in swift-water rescues and will be working to rescue animals in flooded areas.

While we don’t experience hurricanes in San Diego, September is National Preparedness Month. another reminder for all of us to be prepared for any type of natural disaster.

Source: NBC San Diego

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