Kaufman is ready to help those in need, as she’s done it before. Right now, ComEd is waiting for word from disaster response authorities in Texas. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free.
“We have four hours from the time of activation to actually be wheels moving and en-route to our locations”, Battalion Chief David Gerboth with San Diego Fire Rescue said.
“David and Joyce Jeffries will deploy from Rapid City with a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle”, Executive Director Richard Smith said in the release.
They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation said they would give cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm isn’t leaving anytime soon: It’s expected to bring 15 to 25 more inches of water to the region through Friday, Sept. 1.
The Red Cross has 20 shelters already set up in Texas, but because of the continued rain and flooding they are set to expand that number to 50 shelters, according to Benjamin.
One of those local volunteers is Sarah Perkins, she said the rains are catastrophic in Texas, and expects relief efforts to go on for several months.
“Our core mission is on full display today as volunteers and staff from our region respond to help our neighboring Red Cross regions that will be impacted in Texas”, said Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer.
“Whenever we’re out, we’re in an area that’s just been devastated and you know, everybody’s doing the same thing – looking for help. We check all the lights, the engine the equipment and we make sure that when we’re down there we don’t have any problems with this far as mechanically or otherwise”, says Lukas. “We’re thankful for the dedication of volunteers who are willing to help those in need”.
“This is a unsafe storm and the next few days are going to challenge everyone along the Gulf Coast”.