Jacksonville, FL - With severe weather and tornadoes moving through the South, the Northeast Florida Red Cross is asking all volunteers to be on alert.
The organization tells us they’re asking all volunteers to go online and register whether they would be able to respond to a call for aid that could come tomorrow or even a few days from now.
“Traditionally you will see us sending people based on how close they are to the area that’s been most heavily impacted,” says Christian Smith with the Northeast Florida Red Cross.
She says it’s not likely they would be called on if the worst of the damage stays in Arkansas, but with storms now reported in Mississippi- and continuing to push east- they are preparing to step in when resources in the impacted communities are exhausted.
“They are continuously being mobilized to go out all across the country,” Smith says.
Smith says if you’re trying to get in touch with family in affected areas you should check the Red Cross “Safe and Well” website to see if they’ve registered their location. She says they’re always seeking willing volunteers and financial donations as well to help with these situations.
She also hopes you use this as an opportunity to check your own disaster readiness plan.
“These things happen and they’re tragic, but they can happen anywhere,” she says.
WOKV has reached out to other agencies and so far none have been mobilized to assist in storm response efforts. JEA has a mutual aid and support deal with neighboring states, however we’re told a request for aid has not been received at this time.