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Local Red Cross ready to respond to Hurricane Ian

Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs.
Erik Lesser
File photo: The local Red Cross chapter is ready to respond if Hurricane Ian makes an impact on eastern North Carolina.

The local Red Cross chapter is ready to respond if Hurricane Ian makes an impact on eastern North Carolina.

Executive Director of the Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter James Jarvis said they taken the first steps toward readiness if they’re needed.

“We’ve already pre-positioned a number of assets, both people and supplies, to be able to respond as quickly as possible ahead of the storm but also once the storm arrives,” he explained.

While the local Red Cross chapter has sent a team of four to Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian and six people were recently sent to Puerto Rico to help out after Hurricane Fiona, Jarvis said there will be no shortage of help at home if it’s needed.

“We have kept teams in place in case we need to open up shelters here – depending on what Hurricane Ian does. You know, if it bounces back into the Atlantic and then restrengthens before it effects North Carolina – that’s always a possibility, these storms are unpredictable -- so, we are retaining our ability to still meet our obligations here within the state.”

He said it’s important for people across the region to pay close attention to this storm and to be ready to respond quickly to what area emergency managers recommend or order.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.