Local volunteers heading to assist with Hurricane Florence

At least two local volunteers are heading to the east coast to assist with disaster relief after Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 6:38 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) - At least two local volunteers are heading to the east coast to assist with disaster relief after Hurricane Florence makes landfall. 

David Moyers and Peggy Gaines are two volunteers that will be travelling from St. Joseph to somewhere in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia in an emergency response vehicle. The exact location is still unknown.

“We’ll be driving through the residential sections of different communities out there and providing food and water for the people that are still there,” Moyers said.

This is not the first time the American Red Cross office in St. Joseph has sent volunteers to assist with hurricane relief. They sent people to help with Harvey, Matthew, and Irma last year. 

"Hopefully the weather will change and we can scale down but right now we are scaling up for a possible big operation,” Ralph Dishong, the Disaster Program Specialist at the St. Joseph American Red Cross, said. 

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday into Friday. 

Moyers and Gaines are expected to remain in the field for two weeks.

Between the Kansas City and St. Joseph American Red Cross offices, 13 people are being sent to assist with relief. More people could be sent in the future. 

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