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Local emergency response organizations sending teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 13:31:29-04

The American Red Cross is preparing to send teams from across the United States to assist in supporting those expected to be affected by Hurricane Harvey.

That includes response teams from Northeast Ohio. 

The storm is expected to hover over parts of Texas and Louisiana for several days.

The Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support the response effort. Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets—enough to support more than 20,000 people—are scheduled to arrive in Texas.

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“We are in the process of calling on our volunteer workforce from all across the Northeast Ohio Region to report to the affected area,” said Tim O’Toole, Regional Disaster Officer. “Our volunteers have been trained in shelter operations, mental health care and disaster assessment, and we are so grateful for their dedication to help those in need.”

Anyone can donate to the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Ohio Task Force One — an urban search and rescue team — is also responding. The team will send 49 members to San Antonio.