MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) – The arrival of Hurricane Florence has ensured that many companies and organizations have ensured that their services are able to meet the demands of the people in their region.
The American Red Cross and First Energy are two companies that have plans for possible storm damage here in West Virginia and the Carolina & # 39; s.
"We are trying to get things done nicely every day of the year." Whether it is a sunny sky or a gray sky. We need about 13,000 blood donors every day, that's the whole system. Try to prepare for situations like this, "said Adam Reaves, District Manager for Biomedical Sales, American Red Cross.
With floods and hurricane Irma in the past, First Energy sent lineman to help affected areas. However, they want to be sure that they help their customers in West Virginia to go to other places that need help.
"The first duty, so to speak, is to get our Mon Power employees and other First Energy employees and contractors to turn lights on again for West Virginia as soon as possible," said Mon Power spokesperson, Todd Meyers.
First Energy has three meteorologists on staff who have looked at storm patterns so that they can prepare for the impact it has on people in all areas.
"We employ employees who specifically look at our territories of what might happen." We are never worried about the fall of Florence, we are always concerned about the secondary impact, "Meyers said.
Often the need for blood increases in natural disasters.
Officials from the American Red Cross say they expect to lose just over 1400 blood bundles that are not collected as a result of the storm.
If there is a need, however, they know that the public will not hesitate to help.
"Donate blood [means] you help a system throughout the country so that blood can help in areas that need it. Whether it's in the city, the state, the east coast or the west coast, "Reaves said.
The American Red Cross encourages everyone to give blood if they are able to do so. On their website you can also make donations for people affected by Hurricane Florence.