Virginia Red Cross volunteers leave for Kentucky in what could be a ‘multi-month’ response to tornado damage

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – At least nine volunteers with the Virginia Red Cross headed out to Kentucky Monday to help those affected by the devastating tornadoes.

Some of the volunteers drove there in three emergency response vehicles from Richmond, Norfolk, and Lynchburg.

Richmond area volunteer Ned Worman left Richmond around 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13 in an emergency response vehicle headed to Kentucky, where he will be for two weeks.

Worman says the plan is to check-in at the Red Cross headquarters at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. He picked up another volunteer in the ERV in Charlottesville on his way to Kentucky.

Jonathan McNamara with the Virginia Red Cross says the nine volunteers are leaving from every corner of the Commonwealth.

There are multiple people on standby, but currently, McNamara says one volunteer each has deployed from Richmond, Norfolk, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, and two volunteers have left Lynchburg headed towards the devastation.

He says one more volunteer from Richmond left for Kentucky Monday afternoon. In addition, two mental health caseworkers from Fredericksburg also left for Kentucky around the same time.

“We’re anticipating that this is going to be a multi-week or multi-month response,” McNamara said.

Worman will bring hot meals and supplies to Kentucky shelters and may come home afterward to be able to see his kids for Christmas.

“These people went from just sitting back in their chairs getting ready for Christmas to absolute total destruction,” he said, describing the devastation in Kentucky.

McNamara confirms the Red Cross has already sent more than 200 blood products to the areas affected by the tornadoes.

However, one way people can help is to donate blood because he says supply is still at a 10-year low.

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