Birmingham, Ala. — Red cross volunteers here in Alabama are being sent to Texas and Louisiana to help victims of Harvey. Some volunteers already left Alabama, others will leave Monday.
Marcus Newell, Regional Disaster Officer for the Red Cross in Alabama says this is going to be a big event. One that the Red Cross will not be able to close out quickly or easily. He tells us the organization is looking at having volunteers in the hardest hit areas for at least the next 30 to 40 days. "Volunteers that have been assigned already, volunteers that will be deploying in the near future in the next day or two to provide support whether it's in sheltering or feeding whatever the needs might be as they arise."
Seven of the Red Cross' emergency response feeding vehicles will be leaving Alabama Monday to help Harvey victims. Those trucks are stocked with food and water.
The Red Cross does need more volunteers. If you can commit to being out of state for two weeks they'd love to hear from you. You can get rained quickly and sent to help those impacted by Harvey.
You can also donate here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey