Local Red Cross volunteers to assist Panhandle storm victims

By Crystal Moyer, Morning assignment desk, backup traffic reporter, cmoyer@wjxt.com
Published On: May 08 2014 05:45:13 AM EDT
Updated On: May 08 2014 05:45:24 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Additional Red Cross volunteers are traveling to the Panhandle to assist with the massive clean-up after last week’s devastating storms.

The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health services and emotional comfort.

As residents begin recovery efforts, volunteers in mobile response vehicles are targeting the hardest hit areas to distribute thousands of meals and relief items.

Specially trained Red Cross health and mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath and helping to replace prescription medications and eyeglasses.

As the need for Red Cross shelters starts to subside, teams of caseworkers will visit with affected families one-on-one to build a personalized recovery plan and connect them with FEMA, Red Cross and other community resources.

Local volunteers headed to the Panhandle Wednesday, and Thursday morning three additional casework volunteers will travel to Pensacola to join them.

You can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by the storms. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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