Local Red Cross volunteers deploy in advance of Hurricane Matthew

Substantial damage expected as storm moves towards U.S.

As Hurricane Matthew makes a path to Florida and the East Coast, the American Red Cross has pre-deployed several Southern California volunteers throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

Carolyn Brackin, Dene Shaver, and Ferris Todd of Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin Chapter, and Chuck Duncan of the San Bernardino Chapter are in route to areas potentially facing the Category 4 hurricane.

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“We are so thankful for our volunteers,” said Debby Leahy, American Red Cross Desert to the Sea regional disaster officer. “The fact that they can pack up and deploy when and where needed will be a great help to those affected by the storm.”

Leahy expects more volunteers to answer the call for service if needed when the storm makes landfall.

“Matthew is a dangerous storm expected to drop as much as 7 inches of rain and bring high storm surges, damaging winds and dangerous rip currents in the local area,” said Leahy. “More volunteers from the area are ready to go if needed.”

DOWNLOAD THE EMERGENCY APP

Everyone should also download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts and information on what to do in the case of a hurricane and other emergencies. The app also displays shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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