Local volunteers deployed to Texas to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Curtis Compton  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There were an estimated 210,000 people at 680 evacuation centers Sunday night in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, she said.

The Northern Nevada branch of the Red Cross has dozens of volunteers already deployed for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas, so now they are diverting some of those to Florida.

But he says perhaps the most important skill they bring in the initial aftermath of a disaster is the ability to comfort and listen.

The American Red Cross aided with clean up, food, shelter, and mental and spiritual care.

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Those volunteers will provide relief and assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Irma. "Could not be prouder to volunteer for this organization", she said.

Meanwhile, there are still more than 7,000 people in shelters after Hurricane Harvey. "The most effective way we can help is by investing in organizations involved in disaster relief year-round". In the coming weeks, as people begin to go home, that's when cases will be opened and Red Cross volunteers will begin to help people organize their way back to something that looks like normal living, White said.

Once assigned to a task, volunteers must be available to leave within 48 hours, according to the Red Cross. "We couldn't do that if we were top-heavy". "A lot of homes are still not even accessible so people are just now starting to really get a good grip about what happened to them", says Reed. In 2010, the organization was exposed for building only a handful of homes in Haiti following a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude quake, despite receiving $500 million in donations. "This is about neighbors helping neighbors and we will continue to be there for the communities we serve as they recover".

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