Red Cross volunteers from all over prepare for Florence relief aid in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It’s a waiting game for Red Cross volunteers preparing to send volunteers into the Carolinas.

“We’ve got our emergency response vehicles that you see. They’re ready to respond. We’ve got drivers, we’ve got goods loaded,” said Middle and South Georgia Red Cross Executive Director Connie Hensler.

Red Cross organizers say they don’t know where they’ll be going in North and South Carolina once Florence let’s up. What they do know is, they’re all set to respond so they’re gearing up and getting ready.

“Right now we’re just in ‘wait and see’ mode to see where the worst damage is and where they need our resources,” said volunteer Dennis Woodland.

The organization has called in emergency trucks and drivers from cities across the country.

“So we have some. I met someone yesterday from Oklahoma. We have someone from Texas,” Hensler told 41NBC.

They’ve also got others from states like Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri coming in.

“The St. Louis area along with other parts of the country have numerous volunteers that are responding,” said Woodland.

He says he’s been a Red Cross volunteer for 6 years now.

“We will take supplies in, water, some meals in to them. Hopefully we’ll feed hot meals to people who are coming,” he explained.

Woodland–like many others–is just waiting on confirmation to move in.

“As soon as we know that conditions are okay for our volunteers to respond and to start heading out, and to know really where the greatest need is and where our volunteers are needed, then we’ll send teams,” Hensler added.

That’s when they’ll be able to finally start getting people who’ve lost it all the help they need.

“When you see people responding like that–that are crying when you’re sitting there helping them–it just is a great satisfaction,” Woodland said.

Volunteering isn’t the only way you can help. If you’re interested, you can also donate to the Red Cross. Donation money is what they say provides funding to buy meals and water along with other materials for victims.

Hensler says their volunteers will more than likely begin moving in toward the end of the weekend or beginning of next week.

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