Philly helping Harvey victims, preparing to send relief wherever Irma strikes

Renee Cardwell Hughes of the American Red Cross says blood is needed along with cash donations fro those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Renee Cardwell Hughes of the American Red Cross says blood is needed along with cash donations fro those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

After already helping in Texas, the city of Philadelphia is preparing to provide aid wherever Hurricane Irma hits.

City agencies and nonprofits have been teaming up with Texas officials to help with everything from search-and-rescue operations to providing meals to cleaning up after the floods of Hurricane Harvey.  More than three dozen members of the Philadelphia Fire Department are meeting colleagues who have helped in Texas, said city Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.”After those two groups meet up in Alabama and reconstitute, we anticipate they will be deployed into Florida or certainly where they are required due to Irma,” he said.

Philadelphia’s website has tips for  those who want to contribute, said Mayor Jim Kenney.”If you want to donate items instead of money, always call first to check an organization’s needs and arrange transportation and shipping to limit strain on that on that organization,” he advised.

The Salvation Army and American Red Cross also are soliciting cash donations to support relief efforts.  And blood donations are always welcome, said Renee Cardwell Hughes of the American Red Cross. Supplies have dwindled due to shipping blood to the devastated areas of Texas.

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