Tuscaloosa chapter of Red Cross headed to Orlando to help with Hurricane Matthew

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Florida coast, some help is on the way from West Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed a disaster specialist to Orlando, Florida. He will join 22 other Red Cross volunteers from other parts of Alabama. Mike Kimball is the Disaster Program Manager.

”Well the mission of Red Cross is to go help people who are suffering. So one of the most important things is helping people. And we have to deploy the volunteers from our area to go help the people in Florida. We just got back people back from Louisiana and they’ve been coming back and now we’re going to Florida,” Kimball said.

Kimball says the Red Cross volunteers are doing prep work and setting up shelters as the storm approaches. Volunteers could be deployed for as long as three weeks. Wednesday night, 3,600 people stayed in 84 Red Cross evacuation shelters across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in advance of Hurricane Matthew.

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