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Local Red Cross volunteers mobilized to help with Dorian response

The American Red Cross continues to get resources in place to help potentially tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

The organization says that while the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, as much as 15 inches of rain, flooding and a high storm surge. As many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina may need emergency shelter.

The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend.

The Red Cross is mobilizing over 600 trained volunteers from all over the country, 20 emergency response vehicles and more than 60 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies to help people in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Locally, that includes Sarah Perkins, a longtime Red Cross volunteer from Pittsford, along with Tom Burnell of Rochester and Richard Stirpe of Webster. They will all be heading to Florida.

The Red Cross is accepting donations from people who want to help at its website, and it urges eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to donate blood. You can make an appointment at or call 1-800-RED CROSS ( 1-800-733-2767)


Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.