Local Red Cross volunteers ready to help with Dorian aftermath
"Everyone, everyone please pray for us, please pray for us,” says an unidentified passenger in a car.
Those pleas coming from the Bahamas as Dorian smashes into the northwestern part of the country.
The Hurricane is headed to the United States, and while no one is certain when and where it will make landfall, one local volunteer from Reno is already on her way to Florida.
“One of our volunteers is a mental health expert,” says Zanny Marsh with the Red Cross. “And she deploys first, almost in the country, to go and set up mental health services; when we know there are going to be people who are just experiencing the trauma of an extended disaster,” she says.
Marsh says there are about two dozen additional volunteers locally who are on standby and could be called to Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas in the next 72 hours.
They may have expertise in logistics, transportation, or experience in setting up shelters before Dorian makes landfall.
They will need to be ready to welcome and take in residents whose homes were impacted by wind and water.
The volunteers will commit two weeks of their time to help out others in need.
Marsh says the only thing good about a hurricane, is it makes its presence known.
How to prepare is not the issue. But exactly where to set up emergency shelters won't be disclosed until Dorian gets closer.