Red Cross Wisconsin helping with Hurricane Matthew response

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – At least 29 volunteers and staff with Red Cross Wisconsin are heading to the southern U.S. east coast to help with Hurricane Matthew response.

The Green Bay facility will be driving an emergency response vehicle. Two volunteers are taking off from Appleton International Airport.

An emergency response vehicle is also leaving from Milwaukee. At least one person from Madison will be flying from the Dane County Regional Airport.

More deployments across the state are expected.

Volunteer Harvey Lorenz of Neenah spoke with Action 2 News This Morning at the Appleton airport. He’s making his 20th deployment as a Red Cross volunteer.

Lorenz says he’ll fly into Tallahassee and get orders to head to Orlando. He’ll be working out of the Orlando Emergency Operations Center.

“It’s really hard to put yourself in a position to try to experience what these people are having to do and go through,” Lorenz said. “And when you walk around some of the areas of devastation, its overpowering.”

The Red Cross says Hurricane Matthew will determine where they will go to help and what they will do. They are already helping countries in the Caribbean, where the life-threatening hurricane hit before making its way to the United States.

Hurricane Matthew has caused blood drives to be cancelled in states like Georgia and South Carolina. People are being asked to donate blood and platelets to help with the shortage. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by CLICKING HERE.

The Red Cross is also accepting donations. The money will be used to help people recover from the disaster. To donate, click on the link above or call the Red Cross (phone number listed above). You can also make a $10 donation by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.