Volunteers from throughout Nebraska will be heading to the East Coast to help victims who may be impacted by Hurricane Irene. Sue Severin and Harriet Ostler from Omaha left for Massachusetts Friday morning. Both say they will distribute supplies, provide shelter and food and a shoulder to lean on.
Severin believes a lot of people will need help as it has been decades since a hurricane has hit that particular area and many people don’t know how to prepare for a storm of this magnitude.
This has been a very tough year for local Red Cross Volunteers who have responded to disasters across the country including tornados in Joplin, Missouri and Mapleton, Iowa. They have also had their hands full with the month’s long disaster with flooding along the Missouri River. American Red Cross CEO Tina LaBellarte says those same volunteers are now heading to the East Coast to deal with yet another disaster. She says we are very fortunate to have volunteers committed to helping others.
More than one dozen American Red Cross volunteers from Omaha to Scottsbluff are answering the call and heading to help victims of Hurricane Irene.