So far, 20 Minnesotans are part of the American Red Cross’s massive mobilization of supplies, equipment and disaster relief workers in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.
That’s in addition to the nearly 60 Minnesota disaster workers already deployed to the Texas Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall along the Florida coast and eastern seaboard this weekend, bringing with it 150 mph winds and a devastating storm surge.
The American Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies, tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets to support more than 120,000 people, according to the nonprofit.
“Twenty Red Cross relief workers from Minnesota are in place or on their way to support people impacted by this powerful storm,” said American Red Cross Minnesota Region CEO Phil Hansen in a written statement. “Thankfully dedicated and trained responders are able and willing to help those in need.”
Nearly 120 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are activated with more on alert. The Red Cross is working with government officials and community partners in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
To donate to the Red Cross, go to redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.