Red Cross volunteers help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

A pair of swimmers take advantage of the high surf from winds associated with Hurricane Matthew Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Matthew steamed toward Florida with winds of 140 mph Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people across the Southeast boarded up their homes and fled inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Volunteers loaded up supplies at the Red Cross Headquarters in downtown Dayton, hoping to bring relief to people caught in the storm.

Red Cross crews sent their Emergency Response Vehicle along with two drivers to Orlando Florida Wednesday morning. The red cross will now have a total of four people from Dayton deployed to help with Hurricane Matthew.

Two of them left yesterday headed to parts of North Carolina. This is the tenth major disaster in 2016 that volunteers from the Miami Valley have helped with.

We spoke with one of them about their relief plans when they get there.

“We go down and we do logistics,” Red Cross Volunteer Bobby Johnson said. “We go down and we deliver clean-up kits, water, sheltering. We set up shelters for the people to go into to stay in. There’s many many things that we do.”

More volunteers could be heading that way soon, but it all depends on the needs of the people and on the overall damage caused by the storm.

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