Local Volunteers Help With Irene

As Hurricane Irene and all her fury whips across the East Coast thousands of Red Cross volunteers, including several from the Inland Northwest travel into the disaster zone to help those affected by the storm.

“We are ready 24/7 absolutely,” said Terry Pollard, CEO of the Inland Northwest Red Cross.

On Friday, four volunteers from the region left for the East Coast, three more are expected to leave on Monday. Pollard said the volunteers will be in Rhode Island, New Jersey , Virginia and New York for at least three weeks.

“We have some going for government liaison, so we have an interface with federal and state government. We have mass care so helping with the shelter and feeding programs,” said Pollard

Depending on the severity of the storm, Pollard said it’s likely more local volunteers will be deployed including himself.

“‘I’m excited. It really is what the red cross does and so to see it first hand, front and center be there where I can roll up my sleeves and help, really excited about that,” he said

If you’d like to help with the disaster relief effort you can do so by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also donate online at www.redcross.org or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS.