Volunteers from Muskingum County aid in Hurricane Florence relief

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As Tropical Storm Florence pummels the Carolinas, about 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been deployed to help shelter, feed and support those affected. She says they are trying to make sure they are ready to get supplies to people in need.

The Wichita Falls American Red Cross sent several volunteers from North Texas to the Carolinas earlier this week, but not every volunteer can be sent to the East Coast at once.

Donations designed for "Florence" may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), By texting "STORM" to 51555 or online at give.helpsalvationarmy.org.

The Red Cross held an all-day training on Saturday to prepare volunteers interested in responding to local emergencies or potentially deploying to one of the cities hit by Florence.

We'll be hosting a Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Phone Bank on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5 a.m. until noon - and again from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

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If you want to make a larger gift, Kroger also set up a unique donation page through the Red Cross, which you can find here.

Members of New York Task Force 1 have been in North Carolina since last week. "It's heartwarming just to see the outpouring of support where people have come and said how I can help, where can I help, pitching in and doing whatever you can". She advised those who wish to volunteer in the Florence response efforts to call the local Red Cross office at 423-378-8700.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Google is matching up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross to support Florence relief. With monetary donations, organizations can buy what they need. Platelet and type O positive blood donations are critically needed right now.

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