Panhandle helps with Hurricane Florence response

Panhandle helps with Hurricane Florence response
The American Red Cross has its volunteers in the Carolinas. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As residents in the Carolinas continue to face the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, organizations are doing their part to lend a helping hand.

Panhandle helps with Hurricane Florence response

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, over 160,000 people in the Carolinas are still experiencing a power outage and some counties are still under an evacuation order.

This has prompted organizations from West Texas to help those who are in need of shelter and comfort.

Apollo MedFlight, based out of Amarillo, was on the ground in New Hanover County in North Carolina before Florence hit.

Apollo MedFlight, based out of Amarillo, helped evacuate over a dozen critical care patients from New Hanover County. (Source: Apollo MedFlight)
Apollo MedFlight, based out of Amarillo, helped evacuate over a dozen critical care patients from New Hanover County. (Source: Apollo MedFlight) (Apollo MedFlight)

“So as part of our relationship, when that storm was approaching, we made plans to assist them and sent one of our local planes here from Texas out there with a crew of nurses, pilots and mechanics to help assist with evacuations,” said Brandon Leasure, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Apollo MedFlight.

The team evacuated about a dozen critical care patients to other hospitals around the region. While the local response team is back, the help continues.

“We’re currently doing anywhere between three and five transports a day out of the region to other communities because they’re still affected by the flooding and the aftermath of the storm,” said Leasure.

The American Red Cross chapters in Amarillo and Lubbock have volunteers on scene in the Carolina’s right now.

“Down there, we’ve served over 254,000 meals and snacks along with some of our partners,” said Deborah Finlayson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross - Texas South Plains.

The Salvation Army of Amarillo hasn’t been called out, but could face difficulty making the trip.

The Salvation Army of Amarillo hasn't been called out to Hurricane Florence, but encourages residents to donate to the efforts to help those in need. (Source: KFDA)
The Salvation Army of Amarillo hasn't been called out to Hurricane Florence, but encourages residents to donate to the efforts to help those in need. (Source: KFDA) (KFDA)

Their canteen broke down as they were one of the first to respond to Hurricane Harvey.

“If someone would like to help out to maybe help repair our canteen or repair our supplies, we’d be more than happy to accept donations so we could help out with future disaster relief efforts,” said Stephanie Pena, PR and Donor Development Director for the Salvation Army of Amarillo. “If somebody would like to help out and volunteer for the disaster relief in Florence or any future disaster relief efforts. They would need to be trained.”

If you’d like to donate to Hurricane Florence relief through the Salvation Army, you can 1-800-SAL-ARMY or donate online.

You can call 1-800-HELP-NOW or donate online to help the American Red Cross efforts as well.

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