Red Cross assisting hurricane-stricken areas

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’leeyah Ponder

TUSCALOOSA, AL-The American Red Cross has been serving on the front lines since even before Hurricane Ida made landfall, and there are ways to help if you’re interested.

Staff and volunteers were deployed into areas that were hardest-hit, and American Red Cross Central-West Chapter Executive Director Misty Moon said the organization is prioritizing surrounding states with a greater need for assistance.

“Our region is Mississippi and Alabama, so it looks a little different for me here because it looks like we’re gonna hopefully steer clear of it, but we have pre-positioned volunteers in the areas that we expected to be hit and we have about 600 volunteers in Louisiana and Mississippi and some ready to go here if we need more,” Moon said. “We have serviced over 2,500 people so far.”

This tragedy is even tougher for those in Louisiana and Mississippi who faced torrential rains, immense winds and massive flooding from Hurricane Katrina, which struck Aug. 23, 2005.

“Our heart goes out to those who are struggling right now. It’s a very difficult time,” said Moon.

If you’re interested in donating to those who need help in the wake of Hurrican Ida, you can do so by donating to the American Red Cross right here.

For more information on the American Red Cross, their efforts during Hurricane Ida, or how to become a volunteer visit redcross.org .

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