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American Red Cross in Tallahassee prepping for Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 6:51 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:51:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Red Cross in Tallahassee is always ready, day or night, to help people affected by disasters.

Which is why they are preparing now for if Hurricane Dorian hits our area.

Red Cross officials say all of their volunteers are on stand-by. Shelter teams are ready to go across the region from Pensacola to Jacksonville.

The Red Cross has ordered push-packs which are full of supplies for volunteers and those impacted by a disaster. They include blankets, clean up kits, cots, ready made meals, and IT equipment, which gets set up at headquarters.

Officials say people need to stay informed.

"We need them to listen to the news and do whatever our elected officials tell us to do if they tell us to evacuate we need to do that. There are a lot of lessons learned from Michael and I am hoping people heed those lessons," said Sharon Tyler, CEO American Red Cross.

Volunteers are at the Red Cross's Tallahassee warehouse packing up supplies to take east toward Jacksonville.

The Red Cross is using technology called RC View on their computers and smartphones, which helps the organization track storm damage and get help to their clients quickly.