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"One of my girlfriend's roofs blew off and one of my other girlfriends was trapped in her house, but as of today I'm not able to get in touch with anyone", Stoutmire said.

When there's a devastating natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it's a reminder that despite the political and cultural differences that divide this country, we can still come together when it counts to help those in need.

The Red Cross originally refrained from sending a mass of people to Florida, because impacts on Virginia were still unknown.

The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri has deployed 20 volunteers to hurricane responses in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

She said she can't predict the exact number of people seeking shelter locally but knows there is a growing number of Floridians coming to the area.

Tauscheck says volunteers often feel as if they get more from the experience than they give, and the retention rate for the volunteers is high.

"You might have to remain at a client shelter for more then 12 hours", explained Nicklaus.

"You have to be flexible", said Nicklaus. "These funds are essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster". Her and her husband have been in Texas for two weeks, helping victims. However, since Katrina, we really have put in a lot of lessons learned in place. "Some of the more experienced people were sent there because they had done disaster relief before".

"Next time they say leave, evacuate, I'm going", one resident said. "The destruction left by Hurricane Irma is massive, and we want to do more to help those in need".


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