‘If it turns, we’re ready’: Georgia American Red Cross prepped for Florence

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach S.C. on Friday morning

And if people still want to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence, but can't physically go down to the Carolinas, Breitbach said there's plenty that they can do.

On Saturday, more than 30 other emergency response vehicles from around the country will roll in at the Macon State Farmers Market on Eisenhower Parkway.

Donations made to the Charleston Animal Society will support animal rescue efforts in the affected areas of SC.

Eli Russ, of Mamaroneck, is overseeing American Red Cross operations from drier land in Virginia.

Members of New York Task Force 1 have been in North Carolina since last week.

"Disaster relief organizations provide vital goods and services to those in need", the organization writes.

"Right now our main focus is safety and giving people a safe place to stay and something to eat", he said.

As of Saturday, more than 17,100 people were in more than 240 community shelters, including at least 10,400 people in 153 shelters in North Carolina and 6,200 people in 73 shelters in SC, according to the Red Cross, which said an additional 480 people stayed in 22 shelters in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland and Kentucky.

Koch, who retired 1 1/2 years ago from his architectural antique retail store, refused to watch the natural disaster play out on a screen.

Lowe's has committed $2 million to support relief efforts, with the Lowe's Emergency Command Center expediting more than 2,800 truckloads of needed supplies, including generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, chainsaws, trash bags, gas cans and tarps.

American Red Cross says that over 120 blood drives were canceled due to the hurricane. You can help by visiting RedCross.org or texting the word "Florence" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

That information can also be found on the Red Cross website.

"You have trained volunteers in the community, we have shelter trailers that are stocked with our supplies, so it's a matter of pulling all of these resources that we have prepared together to make something like this happen", said Capps.



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