Hurricane Ian: American Red Cross bringing in, sending out resources in preparation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The American Red Cross is tracking Hurricane Ian closely to shelter people who could be impacted.

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Organization leaders in the North Florida region and across the state say they are ready to step up where help is needed.

“We’re paying attention,” said Christian Smith with the American Red Cross. “We’re working very closely with emergency management in all of our 35 counties here locally and in the surrounding Northeast Florida.”

The American Red Cross has been bringing in physical resources like water, snacks, cots and blankets. They are also sending them across the state. Volunteers are also being brought in, who will be helping in shelters.

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As many neighbors and local leaders have told us over the past few days, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“I just want to stay prepared,” said local shopper Michael Lee.

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Lee is from Chicago and this is his first year in Florida.

“It’s new for us,” Lee said. “I know it’s only going to be a couple days they’re saying but I just don’t know.”

Smith said it’s important to have a place in place and know your evacuation zone.

“It’s really critical that people have taken the time to put together that kit,” Smith said. “Do you have a plan? What is your plan? And does everyone in the family know what the plan is?”

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The American Red Cross responds to nearly 60,000 disasters across the country every year.

Volunteers are always needed. CLICK HERE to sign up.

You can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in your community.