North AL Red Cross director deploys to help Florence victims

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The executive director for North Alabama's American Red Cross chapter is heading to help with Florence. She caught a plane Saturday afternoon to go to North Carolina.

Khris Anderson will be there for up to three weeks. She says the biggest issue now is helping all of the people displaced from the flooding, which hasn't let up.

Anderson says this is a long-term disaster, just like how victims from hurricanes last year are still recovering. She hopes people still help even when the disaster isn't talked about as much.

"As of this morning we had 14,000 people in North and South Carolina that were in shelters," Anderson said. "I did some searching, that's about the size of Muscle Shoals, Fort Payne, or Hartselle. So if you can imagine that many, an entire city that we have here in North Alabama, out of their homes."

She says about six Red Cross members from the North Alabama chapter and about 27 from across the state have deployed. Anderson will be working with local government officials to make sure victims are getting what they need.

Red Cross is hosting "learn and serve" workshops throughout North Alabama on Monday. Learn more about that here. Click here to donate.

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