Eau Claire (WQOW) – Thirteen American Red Cross volunteers from all over the state have been deployed to help those affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Out of those volunteers, three of them are local, but that number is expected to go up in the coming days.
Kyle Kriegl, executive director for Northwest Wisconsin Red Cross, said volunteers would help run shelters, create disaster assessments, provide meals and a variety of other logistical duties.
Disaster Program Specialist for Northwest Wisconsin Red Cross, Luong Huynh, said he recently got back from assisting with Hurricane Florence, and that he was in charge of 39 volunteers from all of the U.S.
“You know, through our efforts we had about a four-county area that we had in charge of for this function, and overall we assisted over 7,000 families when it came to emergency products and supplies,” Huynh said.
Kriegl said when the American Red Cross is helping with national disasters, hundreds of blood drives are canceled. Kriegl said blood donations are always needed and said people could schedule blood donations online by appointment. To learn how to become a volunteer click here.