Local American Red Cross describes how they’ll be helping in Ian’s aftermath

TULSA, Okla. — Local American Red Cross volunteers are taking action in three phases to aid Florida with disaster relief.

“We have the first wave of volunteers already stationed. They were stationed well ahead and in advance of Ian’s landfall,” said Matt Rose, Regional Disaster Officer of Kansas-Oklahoma Red Cross.

“Post impact, we have what we call another wave that will come in and help established those shelters, get that immediate need of mass care deployed,” Rose said.

The third wave is recovery, Rose said. That includes cleanup and getting residents back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Volunteers will give out gloves, tarps, trash bags, bleach, mops and other essentials to those impacted.

As millions of residents evacuate, volunteers are flocking to Florida.

Rose said that opens up opportunities to serve right here at home. He said that the greatest need is local responders.

“We still need help locally. We’re still responding to multi-family fires in Tulsa and in Oklahoma still responding to multi-family fires, and that’s where we need those boots on the ground here as well,” Rose said.

The Red Cross expects that they will be helping with disaster aid in Florida until December.