Area Red Cross volunteers to join in Hurricane Harvey relief

A Canonsburg woman will be boarding an airplane this afternoon, heading for Baton Rouge, La., as a volunteer with American Red Cross to help set up shelters for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

They're going to load up between 4 to 6 trailers full of supplies, including water, snacks, first aid supplies and other basics.

It is the most powerful storm to hit the United States in 13 years, and the worst storm to hit Texas since 1961.

Northwest Ohio's American Red Cross chapter is already on scene, contributing more than 10 volunteers and three vehicles to relief efforts as of Sunday afternoon. Most deployed overnight and many more are on standby to leave.

Hurricane Harvey is slated for landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast with winds over 100 miles per hour and up to 35 inches of rain, leading to devastating and life-threatening flooding.

An urban search and rescue force of 45 firefighters and support crew from San Diego County headed toward Hurricane Harvey in Texas late Saturday night.

"Water rescue boats. We carry hazardous materials response capabilities", Garboth said.

"Phoenix sends not only our prayers to Texas, we're sending a team of our best people to help save lives", said Mayor Greg Stanton.

"They're working in the shelters themselves and making sure the clients have a safe comfortable location to go to, responding to something like 1,200 clients at those locations", Friedman said. Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches of rain to fall in the next few days.

"The people that are here are here because they want to be here".

Seven Red Cross disaster workers based in Kentucky traveled to Texas on Friday to help prepare shelters and mobilize relief supplies.

Four people with the American Red Cross in Savannah recently left to help and many more are on the way later this week.

  • Jon Douglas