La. Red Cross deploying to Florida for Hurricane Ian response

The Louisiana Red Cross is deploying volunteers to Florida to aid with the Hurricane Ian response.
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 12:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 6:16 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Red Cross is deploying volunteers to Florida to aid with the Hurricane Ian response.

American Red Cross Volunteer Andrew Hamidah is preparing for a minimum of two weeks as he boards his plane for Florida.

“Since this storm is going to be a very very big storm, there is going to be a lot of displaced families,” says Hamidah.

Experts say Hurricane Ian is headed for Florida and the storm is forecast to move inland as a major hurricane Wednesday afternoon. Tampa Bay and Fort Myers are expected to experience more significant impacts, according to experts. Hamidah says he is leaving Baton Rouge today, to start helping folks in Tallahassee to evacuate and find shelter.

Hamidah explained he’s been volunteering with the Red Cross since 2012, and being from Louisiana he’s seen a lot of hurricanes.

American Red Cross Volunteer Andrew Hamidah preparing to board plane for Florida
American Red Cross Volunteer Andrew Hamidah preparing to board plane for Florida(WAFB)

“Whenever, we get into the ‘crisis zone,’ I like to say, that is when we need the most. You never know when you might need somebody, or I might need somebody. A helping hand, and so it’s very important to be there,” adds Hamidah.

Hamidah is 1 out of 11 volunteers from the Baton Rouge Red Cross Chapter reportedly leaving their homes to help others prepare for the massive storm. According to officials, The American Red Cross has already deployed several hundred people to Florida and neighborhood states ahead of Ian’s landfall.

“We get assistance here a lot, so we want to go to them and make sure they have assistance as well. We always keep in mind what the damage can be. You know power outage, loss of infrastructure. So you know, we always want to try to make sure that we are prepared for that, and we help the community prepare and get them to the safe spots, where they need to be,” says Marc Adams an operation specialist coordinator for Baton Rouge Red Cross.

Before the rains and powerful winds rip through Florida, there is a way for folks to help volunteers and those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

“I strongly encourage everybody to donate. If anybody wants to help right now, they can donate for the disaster relief to RedCross.org and that is the best way right now anybody can assist with anything right now, and help us,” says Hamidah.

The Cajun Navy is also accepting donations locally here in Baton Rouge.

The Red Cross is taking donations for disaster relief efforts. Click here for more details.

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