Chicago Red Cross Volunteers Head To North Carolina For Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Bernie Tafoya
September 11, 2018 - 1:20 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Red Cross volunteers and staff from the Chicago area are heading to North Carolina to prepare to help any refugees from Hurricane Florence. 

Last year, American Red Cross volunteer Steve Wise helped at shelters in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey and in Iowa after a tornado.  Now, he’ll be helping to run a mega-shelter in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area.

"The one I was in in Dallas last year, we had beds for 5,000 people," he said.

Wise said volunteers try to provide whatever help they can to people forced into shelters. That includes cots, three warm meals a day, and cellphone and internet services.

"Often tell people when I talk about the Red Cross is that we’re often meeting people on the worst day of their life. And, to help them through it and get them back on the road to recovery is a feeling that you just treasure for the rest of your life," he said.

The retired railroad industry safety manager said, "you can’t put a price tag on it, to be able to help someone that has gone through something like that, where basically their life is turned upside down."

Steve Wise could be in North Carolina for as long as three weeks.