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34 Nebraska-Iowa Red Crossers Deploy to Large Hurricane Ian Response

Thirty-four trained volunteers from Nebaska and Iowa have answered the call and donned their red vests to join some 1,300 Red Cross disaster workers in Florida and hundreds more helping across five others states from Gerogia to Virginia, supporting those affected by Hurricane Ian. They are working with our partners around the clock to provide comfort and support.

Friday night, more 3,700 people sought refuge in as many as 50 Red Cross and partner shelters throughout the affected area. Many residents have lost everything, and volunteers are ensuring their immediate needs are met - like providing shelter and warm meals, offering health and mental health services, and helping to replace medications, eyeglasses and medical equipment.

As the extensive devastation is assessed and roads open up, Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) are circulating in some of the hardest hit areas. ERV volunteers are delivering ready-to-eat meals and clean-up supplies.

The dedication of Red Cross volunteers is unparalleled. During 2020 and 2021 alone, we averaged a new major disaster response every 10 days, with Red Cross volunteers on the ground. In each situation, volunteers set up shelters, arranged for hot meals and provided crucial support to thousands of people with nowhere to go.

As disasters of all sizes and scope increase in frequency, we are committed to ensuring the necessary support is there when it's needed. You can help. Will you make a gift to the American Red Cross today to support those affected by disaster? Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "IAN" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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