Red Cross volunteer talks about hurricane relief work



TELETHON STUDIO. WHERE THE TELEPHONE LINES ARE NOW OPEN. KATIE: WE LOVE TO HEAR THE PHONES RINGING. RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS ARE ON THE GROUND IN FLORIDA AND PUERTO RICO. YOU CAN HELP US BY MAKING A DONATION ONLINE OR BY PHONE, THE INFORMATION IS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. I AM NOW JOINED BY TIM ASTOR, THE CHIEF OFFICER FOR THE ROSS LAW OF MASSACHUSETTS. THANKS TO BE HERE. TELL US WHAT THE RED CROSS IS DOING TO HELP PEOPLE IN THESE STORMS. IT IS A MATTER OF PREPARATION AND FIRST RESPONSE. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS THERE, WE ARE PRE-POSITIONED AND ONCE THE STORM HITS WE START ASSESSING DAMAGES TO DETERMINE NEED. INCLUDING MOBILE POWER, DISTRIBUTION OF EMERGENCY LIES. LOOKING FOR THE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY TAKE CARE OF. YOU HAVE BEEN IN THESE DISASTER AREAS BEFORE. IT’S HARD TO BE BELOW. TELL ME FIRST WHAT IT IS. IT’S REALLY UNBELIEVABLE. I WAS DEPLOYED TO MARIA WHERE THE POWER LINES WERE CUT, THE ROADS WERE FLOODED AND IT WAS REALLY CRUSHING. WHAT YOU DO IS YOU START TO START AND AFTER THREE WEEKS YOU START TO SEE PEOPLE GET THE NOURISHMENT AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. FULFILLING RELIEF BUT HARD WORK. KATIE: IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT THE RED CROSS IS ON THE GROUND, AND YOU CAN HELP NOW BY CALLING 781-433-4009 TO DONATE. YOU CAN ALSO DONATE ONLINE AT WCVB.COM/HURRICANE. WE WILL BE HERE ALL AFTERNOON TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE EVEN A SMALL DONATION CAN MAKE. SO, DONATE IF YOU CAN. TIM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOU

Red Cross volunteer talks about hurricane relief work

Tim Pitoniak explains how the Red Cross helps deal with the aftermath of a hurricane.

Tim Pitoniak explains how the Red Cross helps deal with the aftermath of a hurricane.