FRESNO, Calif. — Local volunteers are racing to the Hurricane Irma devastation. The Red Cross Central Valley sent their Executive Director and several volunteers.
The Executive Director of the Red Cross Central Valley flew out of the Fresno Airport straight to Florida to aid residents in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Other volunteers are also on the way. Five volunteers from the Central Valley and Bakersfield are driving across the country in emergency response vehicles to Irma.
Red Cross officials said they are preparing to shelter more than 120,000 people. They said that number is almost four times the amount the Red Cross is sheltering for Harvey.
“I have no doubt should Irma hit as expected, I am going to see devastation and a lot of people who have needs. One of the things I love about our organization is that we are prepared to meet those needs,” said Barry Falke, Executive Director of the Red Cross Central Valley.
While the recovery efforts in Houston continue some valley residents are sending relief.
The California Federation of Republican women collected 3 truck loads full of donations including food, toiletries and others.
Others joined in the effort including Sierra Valley Almonds and Ikon Express trucking.
Those items are on their way to a high school outside of Houston.
Red Cross officials are encouraging residents to volunteer.