Local Volunteers Deploy To Help Hurricane Victims

Local Volunteers Deploy To Help Hurricane Victims

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Lieutenant Shaun McNeil with Ogdensburg's Salvation Army is being deployed to Naples, Florida, a city suffering some of the worst flooding from Hurricane Irma, as a safety officer.

"I have to make sure everyone's being safe. They're not doing some things that might be reckless and get hurt. Also (I'll be) checking the food that's being served," he said.

McNeil says the Salvation Army cares for first responders who can become physically and emotionally exhausted, especially with two hurricanes in three weeks.

"With Harvey and Irma taking a big hit in the southern territory, they've become thin. So they request help from other divisions and other territories," he said.

The head of the North Country American Red Cross says Harvey victims in Texas still need help.

"There's still approximately 6,000 people without power and there's still approximately 16,000 that are being sheltered and fed," said Jane Gendron, executive director.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army say they have enough resources for north country emergencies.

"Since Harvey hit and now with Irma, we've had very generous donors," said Gendron.

"We have a team here of about 21 volunteers that are certified to handle the canteen. They can go to the fires," said McNeil.

McNeil says he will spend 14 days helping out in Florida. He also says more north county Salvation Army volunteers could be called to join him if needed.

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