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Local Red Cross heads to South Carolina for post-Matthew relief efforts

Over 45 volunteers will provide medical services, emotional support to hurricane victims

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A group from across the Island is on its way to South Carolina today to join the Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

Neela Lockel, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island says she and her volunteers are always ready to go, but the American Red Cross chapters in the region hit by Hurricane Matthew called on them for help.

"It's pretty significant, so those Red Cross chapters have indicated that they need support and assistance," Lockel says.

Nearly 4,800 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida woke up Tuesday morning in 90 Red Cross and community shelters. The Red Cross has mobilized 3,000 disaster workers and has been providing water, food, and other supplies to displaced families.

Lockel says she and the other volunteers will provide a variety of services, everything from medical assistance, to emotional support to sheltering people. She just came back with a group providing relief aid in Louisiana following storms that wreaked havoc on that region weeks ago, and says she is anticipating this to be an even bigger effort.

More than 45 Red Cross workers form the greater New York area are being deployed.

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