American Red Cross spokesman on Irma: 'This type of disaster is bigger than one agency'

Craig Cooper says the Red Cross has partnered well with county and state agencies in Florida.
2:33 | 09/10/17

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Transcript for American Red Cross spokesman on Irma: 'This type of disaster is bigger than one agency'
The red kosz serve something many in the shelters. Want to bring in Craig cooper, a spokesperson for the red kosz. You're coming to us from Miami this morning? Yes, I'm over near Miami international airport. What are you all dealing with right now? We're a very, very busy group. The red cross has been gearing up for this storm for the better part of a week. We have over 1,000 volunteers and responders from instate and out of state. Emp was anticipating the storm would track toward the east side of the state. I came to Miami to help here. But the beauty of the red cross system is that it's scaleable. We have shelters and E evacuation centers open all over the state. In six states, down in the southeastern United States. There was concern earlier in the week in Miami you had run out of volunteers. To Y do you have the people you immediate? Yes, the red cross does have the human resources that we need. We partner very well with the county and state agencies. Florida does a phenomenal job of staffing up and operating their own shelters and evacuation centers. Here in Florida, it's very much a partner operation. We have people in place, waiting for the storm the pass. We have over 200 of our emergency response vehicles. Tractor trailer loads full of sup plies that are staged. What is your greatest need right now? How can people at home watching help? Right now, the key thing is financial support. We know that people in the kind of situation, they rush to the pantry and closet to see what type of donations they can make and put on a box truck and send to the dezaster Zones. That is a noble and very good cause. The best thing to help the red cross is a financial donation. Call 1-800-red cross. Or text, 90999, put the word Irma into the text. It will put a $10 donation. The funds you designate to Irma will be used for Irma relief. Craig cooper. Thank you. Want to bring in the mayor

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