Volunteers from Jacksonville travel to areas hit by twisters

Red Cross dispatches local volunteers to Alabama and Mississippi

By Bruce Hamilton - The Morning Show anchor
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The Red Cross has sent its Division Disaster Executive to Alabama to oversee operations there.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville is doing its part to help people in tornado stricken areas. A few volunteers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross are on the ground in Alabama to help those who lost their homes.

Jack Morgan is the Division Disaster Director for the Jacksonville Red Cross and he told Channel 4's Bruce Hamilton on "The Morning Show" "today's goal is to get out in the field and work with the people who have been waiting in shelters to get back to their neighborhoods."

Morgan says there are a few volunteers in Alabama and some in Mississippi. Others are waiting here in Jacksonville, perhaps to be dispatched to Florida's Panhandle, which also had a bout with severe weather (seen at right and above in images from WEAR-TV). Escambia County alone got 11 inches of rain.

Morgan says the volunteers came stocked with bulk supplies of water and food to help people hit hard by days of storms and tornadoes.

As for the residents, Morgan says they communicated to him a sense of resilience.  "The communities have been pulling together and need help, but they absolutely want to rebuild. This is their home."

The Jacksonville volunteers will continue to be there as long as their help is needed.

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