Getting deployed to a natural disaster

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Twenty-four Red Cross workers from the greater Pennsylvania area are now on the East Coast, to help people whose world has been turned upside down from Tropical Storm Florence.

Hope Roaten, with the American Red Cross, in Central Pennsylvania said helping someone impacted by an tropical storm reminds people why they signed up for a humanitarian organization in the first place.

Hope Roaten, Executive Director at the Mid Central Pennsylvania chapter for the American Red Cross, says they felt the appreciation from Puerto Ricans, immediately.

“I remember landing in the airport in San Juan, and people in the airport standing up and clapping for us,” said Roaten. “In rolled kind of the Red Cross cavalry and they knew that we were there to help.”

Help was passing out emergency supplies, like water, food flash lights and bug spray.

On Roaten’s second trip to Puerto Rico, just two and a half weeks later, she helped with other needs.

“We would try to speak to people of influence, whether that was a pastor, a teacher, people who really understood the intricacies of their community and we would ask them kind of the needs of the people that they have,” she said.

She said those needs would get passed onto the Red Cross mass care team in San Juan.

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