More Volunteers Head West

Even as more volunteers head west, the health concerns are mounting.

Red Cross volunteers departed Tuesday afternoon prepared for a stay of more than a month.

Emily Ohlin, a Red Cross volunteer, says, "I just couldn't sit at home and watch the news anymore. I had the ability to go, so I decided to go. I just couldn't sit and watch it anymore."

Judith Royce adds, “I thought the worst case scenario would be sleeping on the ground and all, and then he said there would be dead bodies floating next to you and all of that. That made you think this was going to be something."

Reports are that flood water is subsiding in some affected areas. However, the condition is still unsafe and in many cases, unhealthy. That's why volunteers received tetanus shots, protection against tetanus bacteria found in unsanitary areas. For volunteers, it's important they are healthy in order to care for others.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, "They have a great need to help feed and staff victims in shelters, so that is our first priority, taking care of the victims."

The volunteers come from all professions, doing their part to provide assistance to those who need it most. The volunteers left Tuesday for Montgomery, Alabama to receive their final marching orders.


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