AKRON, Ohio — The American Red Cross is preparing to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in any way they can, sending close to 2,000 volunteers from across country to assist families.

Ten volunteers from the Northeast Ohio region will be in Alabama awaiting Dorian to see if it could make landfall, and if it does they'll go to the danger zone wherever they're needed armed with food, water, and other supplies.

"We enjoy going to help the people," Sue Wisdom, a volunteer for over a decade, said. "We just all of us pay it forward. We are fortunate here everything is okay. People are in need we are going to go help."

Wisdom says she's responded to at least 30 disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. This time, more than 100 emergency response vehicles and 99 tractor trailer loads full of relief supplies will be available to assist, and she knows they're badly needed.

"The devastation is incredible," she said. "You drive through a neighborhood and you see a driveway and that's all you see the house is gone."

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This will be Rita Rleming's first deployment. The retired social worker will be among many volunteers on hand to provide emotional counseling to victims of the storm.

"I'm anxious to get going," she said. "I am at ease talking with people in distress."

Other volunteers will head south as well, including Euclid Fire Capt. Chris Caimi as a member of Ohio Task Force 1.

Chris Caimi
Ohio Task Force 1

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