How you can help with Hurricane Ian relief efforts
RAPID CITY, S.D.– As Hurricane Ian moves past Florida, the American Red Cross is moving in place to help with relief. The Western South Dakota branch of the Red Cross already has its emergency services vehicle in route to Orlando to help.
Executive Director Richard Smith says they also have ground units on standby to head in once flood waters have receded. The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to help on the ground. Volunteers go through training so they are ready to assist upon arrival. However, training takes time so
the fastest way to help those affected by Ian is through donations.
If you are thinking of donating towards hurricane relief the Red Cross says monetary donations are best. Richard Smith says the Red Cross gets a lot of items donated when disaster strikes but sometimes the items they get aren’t what’s needed. He says it’s easier to fulfill the needs of victims when they receive monetary donations because then the items that are needed can be purchased by the Red Cross. When you make a donation to the Red Cross the money goes into a disaster fund and distributed to the area in need. Smith says if you want to donate specifically to Hurricane Ian relief that you can earmark your donation in the memo line and the Red Cross will make sure it’s used for that relief effort.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Hurricane Ian relief effort you can do so online through the Red Cross. Monetary donations can also be sent to the Red Cross office in Rapid City.