Red Cross Volunteers from the Capital Region flew out today to head to the Carolinas where hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall later this week.  

The team from New York is trying to stay ahead of the storm. So far, a dozen trained volunteers from eastern New York are on the ground.

Many of the volunteers will be leaving behind their day jobs and comforts of home to work in shelters to help people impacted by the hurricane for the next couple of weeks.  Some of them volunteered to help out with relief efforts in Houston, and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Rich Hajeris who is from Albany works with the American Red Cross, he is already on the ground in Columbia, South Carolina setting up at one of the command centers and preparing for the impact of Hurricane Florence.  States of emergency have been declared in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Even after making landfall, Florence could bring heavy rain all the way to the northeast.

You can find more information about volunteering with the American Red Cross.