Red Cross ready to send volunteers to help with hurricane relief

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Volunteers from the South Central Kentucky Red Cross chapter are ready to assist in Florida for hurricane relief following the already devastating path left by Hurricane Michael.

Though Michael is set to be one of, if not the most disastrous hurricane this year, the local Red Cross chapter is ahead of the game.

"Red Cross had already started staging in the Orlando area for how Michael plays out," said Jennifer Capps, Red Cross Executive Director. "So, we've got volunteers that are in place that are just ready for the storm to pass."

Red Cross chapters across the country are preparing to help in any way they can, with thousands of volunteers estimated to be ready to go at the drop of a hat.

Some may think that a Red Cross chapter in Kentucky wouldn't be able to help much, but that's not the case.

"Locally, here at home we're focused on raising the money to support the efforts down there, and then our volunteers go down and immediately start with feeding and sheltering," said Capps. "We provide health and mental health services and then from there the response grows."

While Hurricane Michael may be a quicker storm that previous hurricanes such as Florence, the clean-up will still be one that is time consuming. That clean up and aftermath help is when at least six trained volunteers from South Central Kentucky's Red Cross will play a big role.

"This will be a long response, as is Florence," Capps mentioned. "Throughout the end of the year we'll have volunteers that go out as they can."

The Red Cross and WBKO are teaming up to help with disaster relief efforts by raising money. The drive will take place this Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. followed by another opportunity to donate on Monday.

"Making a monetary donation here gets it there where our teams need it the most and they can have the most impact," Capps said.

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