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Tallahassee sending crews, volunteers to help Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches

Tallahassee sending crews, volunteers to help Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches
Tallahassee sending crews, volunteers to help Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches
Posted at 4:39 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 16:39:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The East Coast is at the doorstep of disaster as Hurricane Florence approaches and the City of Tallahassee is jumping in to help. 

Saturday morning, Tallahassee electric crews will head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to help with the aftermath.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall later this week.

Officials say the crews are well-prepared to provide any service to help people recover and are happy to be a helping hand. 

"This is paying back to those folks and paying it forward too, so that, when we need help, they're there," said Rob McGarrah. "It's neighbors helping neighbors. It's what we do." 

45 crew members will make the trip to South Carolina. They plan to stay there as long as they need to. 

The Red Cross in the Capital City also sent help to the Carolinas Wednesday morning.

They're headed to Columbia, South Carolina to assist with Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief efforts.

The Executive Director of the Capital Area American Red Cross says they have sent about eight other volunteers that will be working in shelters.

The volunteers are going in two week shifts. 

The local Red Cross chapter isn't the only group sending help.

The Tallahassee Disaster Team of the Salvation Army left for Charlotte, North Carolina around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Salvation Army deployed mobile feeding units, staff and volunteers from across Florida to help the Carolinas where Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday to Friday morning.

"Our first team that's deploying up to 14 days is a two person team their taking our local drew or disaster response unit which is a smaller vehicle that's rated to serve up to 500 meals a days the people in this community are prepared and their passionate about serving other people," said Ryan Meo, Corps Officer at the Salvation Army.  

Other Florida teams headed to the Carolinas include those from Jacksonville, Orlando, and Vero Beach.