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Red Cross supports appeal for donation for hurricane victims

11 September 2017

More than 1,400 people took refuge from the storm Friday night, August 25, in 24 Red Cross and community shelters with 40 additional shelters at the time on standby if needed. They may help provide food and shelter for those who have lost everything.

Right now, the plan is for Red Cross to fly a single drone over Houston to determine which areas took the most damage from Hurricane Harvey and are, thus, in most need of aid.

"It could be a very busy fall", said volunteer teacher Mary Donovan, who said she's been with the Red Cross seven years. Volunteers got packets of checklists on what to bring and how to handle different tasks for setting up, running and breaking down shelters. "And now that Florida came up, I may switch and ask to go there instead of Texas, but we'll see". His previous duties ranged from running a shelter to driving trucks full of supplies and cleaning out toilets.

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Jedidiah Heatley is one of those volunteers.

The Red Cross is prepared to shelter 50,000 people in the next few weeks.

"We've never had an experience where we've had two epic storms at the same time", New York Region Red Cross CEO Josh Lockwood tells WCBS 880's Mike Sugerman.

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Kelly Browand, volunteer lead for the American Red Cross' Southeast Tennessee chapter's work in the Bradley and Polk counties, spoke to the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club on Thursday about the organization's efforts. Other classes throughout the week will be held in places including Johnstowm, Bradford, Erie, Beaver and DuBois.

With the catastrophic injury and damage being caused by natural disasters such as the current hurricanes hitting the United States and the Caribbean, a rapid disaster relief is essential as every minute counts. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. CyPhy Works' tethered drones offer persistent, long-duration mission capability; secure data links for payload data, and for command/control; and easy, autonomous flight.

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Red Cross supports appeal for donation for hurricane victims