Connecticut’s Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in Louisiana

Jocelyn Hillard, the communications director for the Connecticut and Rhode Island region, says the volunteers have been setting up shelters and preparing a safe place to stay for people who have lost their homes or power.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2021, 7:17 PM

Updated 1,052 days ago

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About a dozen American Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut were in Louisiana ahead of Ida, which left a trail of devastation and widespread power outages in its wake.
Jocelyn Hillard, the communications director for the Connecticut and Rhode Island region, says the volunteers have been setting up shelters and preparing a safe place to stay for people who have lost their homes or power.
"We also had volunteers who are putting together supplies and delivering them to those shelters and preparing to go out in neighborhoods that we need to in the coming days and weeks ahead," she told News 12.
Hillard adds they will continue to scale up in operations and volunteers in the coming days. She says the lack of cell service after the storm has complicated communications, but the Red Cross says the volunteers have been busy helping since the moment they got down there.
People can help those affected by Hurricane Ida by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word IDA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


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