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Colorado Red Cross volunteers in Florida prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 7:52 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 08:33:17-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — More than a thousand Red Cross volunteers are on the east coast bracing for the impact of Hurricane Dorian.

Some of those volunteers are from Colorado.

On Sunday, News 5 spoke with Regional Communications Specialist Bill Fortune on his experience so far.

He shared that he and his crew arrived in Florida on Friday and that they'll be there for as long as they're needed. One of the most important things they're doing is making sure people don't get complacent and are prepared for whatever this storm might unleash.

Fortune said, "Hurricanes are very dangerous things and they're very unpredictable."

Fortune is no stranger to the powerful tropical cyclone that is a hurricane.

"This is actually my fourth hurricane response."

Hurricane Dorian brought him to places like Melbourne Beach on Saturday.

"You wouldn't expect that we're about 200 miles away from a Category 5 could just sense a bit of urgency. The people that we talked to...had already locked up their homes, had already boarded things up or done the window shields or whatever they have to do."

On Sunday his work took him to Orlando.

"People are really starting to move. The stores are starting to run out of product. Parking lots are full with people shopping."

He said there's more concern for those in Melbourne as it's right on the ocean. While Orlando is more inland the potential for danger is still there.

"We're still going to get heavy winds, heavy thunderstorms, lots of lightning. The threat of tornadoes are still going to be in the inland areas as well so anybody that thinks that just because it's going offshore that it's not a big deal it's still a big deal."

Bracing for the worst, he and his team are doing everything they can to prepare.

"We have tons of supplies already trucked in."

It's everything from diapers to food.

"We have everything setup so that when the need comes we're going to have our doors open and people have a safe place to go."

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The American Red Cross is also asking for blood donations.