Wednesday night, 3,600 people stayed in 84 Red Cross evacuation shelters across Florida, Georgia and SC in advance of Hurricane Matthew.
Patrick Hearn, former executive director of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, put his 40 years of public, law enforcement and EMT service to use just as Hurricane Matthew made its way to the East Coast of the United States.
The local workers were sent to Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
"One thing we like to tell people always is make sure they bring their medicine, bring their bedding, change of clothes, those sorts of things".
Evacuation shelters have been set up and more are being established.
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Red Cross shelter preps for flood of evacuees
Kevin and Lori Peterson left Thursday for a Red Cross volunteer trip towards the area in hopes of helping out as much as they can. It's all part of a multi-state response by American Red Cross.
"You know the little bit that we give to the people that lost so much is why we do it", Peterson said.
Large storms like Hurricane Matthew can be stressful for everyone, including evacuees and volunteers.
Hemminger, Red Cross disaster program manager for the Upper Peninsula, will serve as a shelter supervisor in Orlando for two weeks.
The Haiti Red Cross is coordinating relief efforts closely with the Haitian government and planning assessments to capture the full extent of damage and humanitarian need.
"Our local chapter has already deployed ten volunteers along with one of our staff members and three emergency response vehicles to the Atlantic region. You immerse yourself in a disaster". "And, many times that's the first step to their recovery or to their new normal", she said. "It depends on how bad the storm hits, and how many people go back home", said Denise Van Ness of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Allen Becker has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2008, and Carol Becker joined in 2010 after the two met.