36 volunteers from local Red Cross assist in hurricane relief

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross assisted in relief efforts this weekend as Hurricane Irene made landfall on the east coast.

The local region of the Red Cross deployed two Emergency Response Vehicles and a total of 36 volunteers.

"The American Red Cross will ensure that everyone affected has their emergency needs met," said Regional Emergency Services Director, Fran O'Shaughnessy. "We are mobilizing to the East Coast, to make sure that anyone and everyone who could possibly be affected by the storm will have food, shelter, comfort and hope. We will continue to monitor the storm and deploy as the situation dictates."

More than 27,000 people spent Saturday night in hundreds of shelters opened across several states. Thousands of Red Cross disaster workers are helping people from North Carolina to New England.

More than 200 emergency response vehicles and thousands of volunteers have been mobilized, and tens of thousands of prepackaged meals moved into the area.

Volunteers from partner organizations like AmeriCorps NCCC and the Southern Baptist Convention are working alongside Red Cross volunteers in some areas.

Those affected by the storm can let friends and family know where they are by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website at redcross.org. They can also call a family member or friend with Internet access and ask them to do their registration.

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