Red Cross responds to wildfire emergency

LONG CO., GA (WTOC) – Several chapters of the American Red Cross in southeast Georgia have responded to the wildfire emergency efforts.

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday the Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross in Long County responded to a request from the Long County Emergency Management Agency for a canteen for about 100 firefighters and emergency responders who were fighting the wildfire in Ludowici.

The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle and van were dispatched to the scene and food was provided from Sonic, Domino's, and Hardee's of Jesup. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, the canteen services were being distributed and hydration for the firefighters are being supplied by the American Red Cross DAT volunteers, according to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross opened shelters in Long, Bacon, and Coffee counties on Thursday night at the request of emergency management officials. The Bacon County shelter is at the First Church of the Nazarene at 202 West 20th St. in Alma is still open. The Long County and Coffee County shelters are now closed.

The southeast Georgia chapters of the American Red Cross are on standby to respond to wildfires in Clinch and Appling counties.

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