Red Cross volunteers from Oregon head to help with Dorian


Volunteers are getting ready to help after the storm hits

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Many groups from all over the country are hard at work before Hurricane Dorian affects any part of the United States.

Red Cross volunteers from Oregon are among those standing by for Dorian’s aftermath.

“We’ll have shelters open for them to come and have a place to sleep and shower and eat,” volunteer Denise Juarez said.

Juarez is one of more than a dozen who traveled from Oregon now in Atlanta coordinating volunteers and positioning help before the storm hits.

A man stands on a store’s roof as he works to prepare it for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Hurricane Dorian intensified yet again Sunday as it closed in on the northern Bahamas, threatening to batter islands with Category 5-strength winds, pounding waves and torrential rain. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

“Hurricanes are unique disasters for the Red Cross because we can plan and pre-deploy people, so we can get people where they need to be before the storm actually hits, which is good because after the storm hits it can be difficult to move people and supplies where they need to go,” Juarez said.

Disaster relief groups from all across the country are joining local law enforcement groups who are already hard at work.

Even the smallest evacuees are being looked after. This weekend a shelter in Wisconsin rescued 33 cats from a Florida shelter, freeing up more space for pets who may need help in the storm.

“The red cross is 90 percent volunteers so that volunteer staff is vital to what we do,” Juarez said.

If you want to help, the Red Cross says monetary donations are one of the best ways to do it.

You can also volunteer with the local Red Cross to free up others to go help with Dorian.

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