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Valley volunteers gearing up to join Red Cross efforts after Hurricane Florence

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The latest projections show Hurricane Florence set to slam into the eastern coast sometime Friday. But volunteers in the Valley, and around the region, are already preparing to step in and help. 

According to the Red Cross, more than 700 disaster workers are in route to the region to help, including 12 from Northeast Ohio- and two of those are from the Valley, one from Canfield and another from Warren.

The American Red Cross says they are preparing for a large relief effort across multiple states in response to Hurricane Florence.

The Red Cross is also deploying vehicles, equipment, and relief supplies and says they will continue to do so until it is no longer safe to travel. Three of the five Emergency Response Vehicles stationed in Northeast Ohio are already on standby to be deployed.

But the Red Cross says they still need help. 

Applications for those interested in being a volunteer disaster responder can apply online.

But for the everyday Valley resident, the Red Cross is asking eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. 

Some Red Cross blood drives have already been canceled and additional cancellations are expected. 

Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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