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Red Cross sends more volunteers to help with Florence recovery

Posted at 6:37 AM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 06:37:57-04

Southwest Florida is sending more help up to the Carolinas for hurricane relief efforts.

More Red Cross volunteers are being deployed to assist those affected by the storm.

Nationwide, over 2,300 Red Cross volunteers and disaster workers are helping areas impacted by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Red Cross is sending more volunteers in an effort to work around the clock to provide food, shelter, comfort and emergency support for thousands of people recovering from the storm.

It is helping operate shelters, feed and support hurricane victims.

More than 20,000 people took refuge in the shelters overnight.

200 Red Cross and community shelters are currently set up.

Red Cross is bringing more supplies, meals and equipment as needed for more than 100,000 people.

A volunteer from Cape Coral was requested by Red Cross headquarters to help in relief efforts.

"I'm going to get some extra training to see what else I can go," said Gaenor Speed, Red Cross volunteer. "It's a great opportunity that I could not pass up."

Speed was in Hawaii for Hurricane Lane and oversaw sheltering during Irma.

"I'm a doer and get things done. Straight after Irma, I went to Puerto Rico and that was very interesting. I will use my experience to pass onto the other volunteers." Speed said.

Over the past two years, Speed has been deployed across the country for disasters.

She's the regional sheltering lead in Fort Myers, FL.

For the next few days, she will be in Fairfax, VA where the nation's operations center for Red Cross disaster services is located.

After her special training, she will go to North Carolina for three weeks.

So far, there are 14 Red Cross volunteers and one staff member from Southwest Florida in the Carolinas.

They expect to send more in the upcoming days and weeks.

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