A number of Red Cross Volunteers from our area are headed down to assist in relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew.
The Southern Tier Chapter of the Red Cross is sending volunteers to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
They will work at one of the 200 evacuation shelters that have been set up.
Red Cross Executive Director Colleen McCabe says the volunteers know what it’s like to deal with disaster.
“Many of them are veteran volunteers who have worked with the Red Cross for many years. They’ve gone through their own disaster right here in their own backyards with the floods of 2006 and 2011. They know what it’s like and are able to go to the deployed areas to help those in need,” she said.
Over 27,000 people have been assisted thus far, with that number expected to increase throughout the weekend.
Over 2 million people were ordered to evacuate.
Some of the volunteers are on the road already, while the rest will leave over the weekend.