Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Red Cross schedules more training sessions for Harvey relief volunteers

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Dozens of volunteers from SC are heading to Houston to assist in the relief efforts.

Volunteers went through three hours of training on Wednesday and will soon be in shelters, helping the displaced any way they can.

Local businesses are also aiding in relief efforts.

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and employees are now in the region impacted by Harvey, including more than 40 from CT.

US-CERT, the US government's chief agency responsible for detecting and minimizing cyber threats, issued an advisory on Monday warning about the proliferation of online scams aimed at those donating to ease the suffering of those afflicted by Tropical Storm Harvey.

"It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come", says Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services and Logistics for the Red Cross.

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"There are lots of ways to help and I urge everyone in western Kentucky to keep the people of Texas, our first responders and volunteers in your prayers", Rowe said. Sending cash is typically the most efficient way to get help to those who need it most.

Across the USA, more than 40 Red Cross emergency response vehicles have been activated, with more on alert, and Red Cross workers are collaborating with government officials and community partners in Texas and Louisiana to help coordinate response efforts.

At least 11 people have died in Texas as a result of the flooding. Schools and airports are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. Water rescues are still occurring and numerous hospitals and nursing facilities are evacuating patients and residents. "It provides shelter and food in those communities", said American Red Cross spokeswoman Josett Valdez. More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas. Four of the Kentucky chapter's five emergency response vehicles, including one from the South Central office, are either en route or will soon be leaving for the Gulf Coast.

- The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. We also staged more blood product inventory in Dallas.

If you prefer to give locally, support groups firmly rooted in the affected area.

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