Red Cross Volunteers Return From North Carolina


LEWISBURG, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) It’s been six days since Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina… and people there continue to deal with the aftermath.  Currently the disaster has 27 North Central Pennsylvania Red Cross volunteers in the South making sure those people have, food, a bed to sleep on and roof over their head. Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler talked with volunteers who just returned from a recent visit to help.

The American Red Cross provided Eyewitness News with photos  showing communities flooded –  forcing residents to nearby shelters.
“It’s very comforting to know that there is so many of us down there and we’re all working together.” said Deborah Weaver, of the Red Cross Disaster Action team

Deborah worked in Florida for five days and is talking about the other 3-thousand volunteers in the country – including her husband Scott.

“As time went on and the storm started coming up it started to get worst with power outages.” Added Scott Weaver
Scott drove a disaster vehicle – similar to the one out front of the North Central Pennsylvania Red Cross building – to South Carolina last week.
Establishing shelters prior to hurricane making landfall which has helped 79,000 people in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina.  

“It’s our protocol everybody gets two blankets with their cots.” said Deborah

Deborah, Scott and other Red Cross workers are now helping prepare other volunteers before making the selflessness trip to the south.
Tom Szulanczyk, is the  Executive. Director of the North Central PA Red Cross he told Eyewitness News
“We have 107 disaster vehicles and we have over a 100 trailers filled with supplies either there or on their way.”

That number is expected to increase as water levels decrease and people realize their homes are ruined and not livable.
Since hurricane Matthew hit 3000 blood donations are going uncollected because 100 drives have been cancelled.
The Red Cross says they are in urgent need for blood.

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