American Red Cross assesses damage in Hampton Roads after Isaias

Posted at 5:47 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 07:18:46-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— The American Red Cross is helping lead the effort in assessing the damage after Isaias.

The American Red Cross is mobilizing to help communities get back on their feet.

Kristopher Dumschat with American Red Cross Virginia told News 3 Tuesday they are focused on identifying the hardest impacted areas.

Tuesday morning marked the beginning of a long process to assess the widespread damage from Isaias across southeastern Virginia and North Carolina.

“One town might be walking out and picking up a couple of branches in their yards. Another town may have buildings and businesses and homes completely destroyed,” said Dumschat.

The disaster relief organization can provide guidance on where people can turn to for resources and encourages those who’ve been impacted to reach out for help.

Teams are helping guide recovery efforts while taking pandemic precautions to protect volunteers and those who need their help.

“They are social distancing, they are wearing face masks, they are wearing gloves and we’ve just really had to enforce that— train them very adamantly on those precautions to keep them safe and keep the community safe,” said Dumschat.

There’s no telling how long the recovery effort could take. In the meantime, they’re working help the most vulnerable take the first steps towards rebuilding.

“If there’s an area that was hit really hard with a lot of damage and maybe quiet a few people displaced that need sheltering or other types of assistance, we're going to get those teams out there in a Safeway.”

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