Connecticut Helps Hurricane Struck Areas

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(WTNH) — The hot meal containers are ready to go.  The sleeping bags are on standby.  As people flee Hurricane Matthew, this Friday morning Joe Apicelli is heading towards it.  He’s part of a Waterford American Red Cross Volunteer team heading South to help hurricane victims.

“The first response they’ll probably have had five, six maybe eight feet of water,” said Joe Apicelli of the American Red Cross. “As soon as the water recedes, they’ll deploy people like us into the affected neighborhoods.”

And for those storm ravaged neighborhoods that wind up damaged and without power, Joe’s Red Cross emergency food delivery truck is what they’ll want to see.

“We will provide them a hot meal twice a day, water, snacks maybe some candy for the children and just go from house to house and deliver food,” said Apicelli.

For those who need to get their families to shelters, Connecticut’s Save the Children based out of Fairfield is already there to help kids.

“Emergency shelters can be very dangerous environments for children,” explained Jeanne-Aimee De Marraise of Save the Children.  “Even ones that are well run. we come in and set up programs.  They look like play programs but are set up for pycho, social and emotional support for children.”

After the storm clears, Stamford’s Americares has local people in place to head into damaged neighborhoods and hand out much needed supplies.

“They’re going to need cleaning supplies,” said Michelle Thompson of Americares.  “They’re needing bottled water so people have clean water to drink. Also there’s a lot of need for tetanus supplies or vaccines for first responders as well as people cleaning out their damaged homes, as well as medications.

Helping hands from Connecticut stand ready to pitch in when Hurricane Matthew heads out.


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