LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Calling all volunteers!
The American Red Cross of Arkansas is asking for folks to come help donate or volunteer because it is still dealing with past hurricanes that hit near the Carolinas last month.
“We still have people on the east coast,” Kyle Nipper, Disaster Service Volunteer explains. “We can use any and all help.”
Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon and already is showing signs to be one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history.
“A good way to put it is like here in Arkansas it’s like a tornado but with water,” Nipper says. “Homes are just completely gone – roofs fly off homes and leaves lots of people homeless.”
The tropical storm is already been categorized as a category 4 hurricane and is being considered among one of the thirds most powerful storms to have hit the mainland.
The violent storm is said to have had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it crashed ashore between the Florida Panhandle and a Mexico Beach, according to weather reports.
“We’re expected to help 30,000 families affected by this storm and will be sending 500 volunteers to the area anticipating the amount of people needing aid,” Nipper explains. “I just don’t know if that will be enough.”
The Red Cross already has disaster response volunteers deployed nearby to help to help leap into action once Hurricane Michael passes.
“The best way to help is by donating financially,” Nipper says. “That way we can use that money to take care of exactly what we need at that time.”