Bowling Green teams on 'standby' to help with hurricane relief efforts

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Blue skies in the Bluegrass on Thursday, but it's a different scene on the east coast.

"Storms are coming from all different angles," said Jennifer Capps, Executive Director of the South Central Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Florence is about to hit the east coast, and even Bowling Green is standing by to help with relief.

"Our trained volunteers are definitely on standby and ready to go," said Capps.

"We're staying in touch with what they need and how we can help," said Kim Phelps, Vice President, Communications and Public Policy at WRECC.

These teams are ready to get in the car at given time.

"It's their heart, they have a heart for service, they really do, so whenever one of their brothers call they're ready to go," said Phelps.

In a matter of days, off they will go, blindly racing into a disaster to help.

"There is a need wherever this storm tracks, they would be scattered about," explained Capps.

Warren RECC will have a team of linemen working on the power lines to get power restored.

"State wide, nation wide, we're all a family, so when one of our family members needs help, we go," said Phelps.

Red Cross volunteers are planning to do whatever and go wherever the greatest needs are.

"Often we send them out on one task and they get there and they might be assigned to something different, so they've gotta be flexible," said Capps.

"We could send 20, 30, 40, 50 out depending on the magnitude," said Capps.

"We stand ready," added Phelps.

The Bowling Green Fire Department also has a team on standby in case their help is needed.

To donate monetarily, go to or call 1-800-Red-Cross.

You can also text 'Red Cross' to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to disaster relief.

The American Red Cross also says they anticipate about 1,500 blood donations to be canceled due to this storm. If you want to help with hurricane relief, one good way is to make an appointment to donate blood, so supplies can be sufficient during this disaster.​

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