ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolina coast Friday and while more than a million people have fled further inland to escape the dangers the storm poses, some brave souls are making a cross-country trek to provide assistance to residents impacted by the hurricane.

KMZU’s Brian Lock spoke with Sharon Watson, Regional Communications Manager for the American Red Cross of Arkansas and Missouri, who shared that dozens of American Red Cross volunteers from Missouri have put themselves in the cross hairs of Hurricane Florence and are ready to help in any way they can.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday on KMZU.


Eight volunteers from the Columbia/Jefferson City area and more than 20 from the Kansas City/Northwest Missouri region are currently hunkered down braving the wind and heavy rains Hurricane Florence brought with her.

The American Red Cross volunteers are required to undergo extensive training in order to be eligible for deployment to a disaster zone.

During major disasters, injuries can begin to pile up and blood supplies can run short. Watson said that donating blood is one of the easiest, most effective and important ways to help out in the event of a disaster such as Florence.

If donating blood isn’t your forte, Watson explained that donations are another great way for people to help out with disaster relief and recovery. Visit the American Red Cross website to learn more about volunteering and donating.