Oklahomans Head To East Coast To Help People In Hurricane Dorian's Path

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, 8:31 am
By: Joseph Holloway

Oklahomans are among those heading to the east coast to help people living in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

The American Red Cross said they already have nine volunteers serving on the East Coast and another is headed to South Carolina. 

There are already over 1,600 volunteers from all over the country helping people living in the path of Dorian, the nonprofit said. There are also 110 emergency response vehicles and 99 tractor trailers full of supplies, including cots and blankets.

A Bartlesville woman is among those headed to South Carolina. She said she's volunteered for more than a dozen disasters, but she feels this might be the biggest one yet.

Mary Burns is flying to Columbia, South Carolina where neighbors are preparing for the worst. Burns said this is her 15th deployment with the Red Cross. Based on what she's seen and heard about Dorian, she believes this could be the most destructive disaster she's volunteered for.

"I feel so sorry for those people who are still sitting there," Burns said. "I see videos on the news of their homes destroyed. They've got high water coming in, and they're still in it."

The Red Cross teams are expected to stay for at least two weeks.

In addition to the Red Cross, OG&E crews are also packing up Tuesday morning in the Oklahoma City area and are leaving for North Carolina to help with hurricane recovery.

OG&E will be sending 38 trucks with 64 line crew members out on the road Tuesday morning.

They'll be there by Wednesday night and can help if the power goes out.

The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to slowly approach the eastern Florida coastline later Tuesday.

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