DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – Thousands of people in the southern coastal region of the United States have been displaced, and the Red Cross is looking to enlist more help in their aid efforts.
Fourteen Red Cross disaster workers from across Iowa are headed to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew to assist the more than 13,400 people who are dispersed across 248 Red Cross shelters.
The Iowa workers are from Ames, Ankeny, Burlington, Cedar, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Polk City, Riverside and Waterloo. They will join the response effort in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Emergency response vehicles carrying the Iowa Red Cross workers are scheduled to leave Monday morning from Des Moines and Waterloo. The emergency response vehicle based in Burlington left for Georgia early Sunday morning, and the Sioux City vehicle departed Friday to Florida.
The Red Cross says that the storm has depleted the nation’s blood supply. The storm has forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives, and more cancellations are expected due to flooding. There is an urgent need for eligible donors to give blood in parts of the country unaffected by the storm. All blood types are requested, but especially type O. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross is also asking for donations. If you’d like to help people affected by Hurricane Matthew, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Visit this link to learn more about the Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew here.