SPOKANE -- Three Red Cross volunteers from Spokane deployed to assist with disaster relief operations in New York and more a preparing to leave.
An agency spokesperson said more deployments from the Inland Northwest are expected as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.
KREM2’s Honora Swanson spoke to one volunteer who’s preparing to leave.
Steve Hatfield has been to several natural disasters ranging from floods to fires. He says he hopes to be deployed to the east coast so he can help those who need it.
Hatfield has had a busy year. He dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, helped fire victims in Ellensburg and was in Republic after the wind storm. The retired firefighter says he’s happy to lend a hand.
Three people from the Inland Northwest chapter are in New York now. Hatfield is part of ten more who will most likely deploy. More than a thousand Red Cross members from other states are there as well, including folks Hatfield worked with during Hurricane Isaac. They’ve told him to expect destruction.
Hatfield has spent months away from home helping get through times like these. He stays in shelters right alongside those who need a place to stay. He says it’s all worth it knowing he can provide comfort during a disaster.
More than 3,200 people spent Sunday night in 112 Red Cross shelters in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Massachusetts. The number of people going to shelters is expected to grow as the storm comes ashore.