Red Cross of Rhode Island sending 3 volunteers to Florida for hurricane help

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With Hurricane Idalia on its way, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island prepared for the storm by sending three volunteers to Florida to help.

ABC 6 News spoke with one of the American Red Cross volunteers as they prepared for their trip.

“I am gearing up for it. It is a mental preparation and it is not the first time. I have done it probably nine or 10 times with all different types of situations from wildfires to floods. It is kind of repetitive for me so I don’t feel anxious, I feel like there is going to be a need and I already know what I am going into. I am prepared and ready,” said Paul Metro, volunteer with the Red Cross.

Idalia is forecasted to be a major hurricane that could bring dangerous conditions when it is predicted to make landfall Wednesday morning.

“I could be working in a shelter, which I anticipate, or I could be delivering emergency supplies. Whatever I have the qualifications for when I get there, it is an ongoing process,” Metro said.

Metro will be joining nearly 300 people on site, adding that going on these trips is a fulfilling endeavor to him.

“It is a rewarding thing to do, it is a good feeling, there is a need, so I am ready to roll,” Metro concluded.

Categories: News, Rhode Island, US & World News