Eau Claire man heads to East Coast to help after Florence

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local man is heading to the East Coast to help those in the wake of Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression.

Luong Huynh is a disaster program specialist at the American Red Cross Northwest Wisconsin Chapter. He hopped on an early flight Monday. Huynh will spend a few days in Fairfax, Virginia, at the Disaster Operation Center for specialty training in mass care leadership. Then, he will head out to the East Coast for three weeks, wherever he is needed.

The Northwest Chapter for the American Red Cross said almost 60 people from Wisconsin have been deployed to the Carolinas, 15 are from the Chippewa Valley area. The American Red Cross expects those numbers to rise as the storm continues.

Although Huynh has already taken flight, he sent us this response:

“It’s always hard, knowing that so many have been affected by such a devastating and catastrophic disaster. The shear magnitude can be overwhelming at times, but we’re not an island. The thousands of volunteers and staff the Red Cross has deployed will work alongside many thousand more from partner organizations, government, churches, and countless citizens who step up to help their neighbors and community. I’m glad that I have the training and experience to assist in the response efforts. During a recent flood in Southern WI, I met a woman in Black Earth whose home had taken on quite a lot of water. She was removing destroyed items from her residence when I approached to offer cases of water and cleaning supplies. We had a long conversation about how to properly clean up after a flood and resources that were available to her. The last thing she said to me was that “Every little bit helps.” I’m happy to contribute my bits.”

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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