Hoosiers mobilizing to help Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - As Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Florida, Hoosiers are mobilizing to send help once the hurricane moves through.

The Red Cross of Indiana has already deployed one volunteer from South Bend and called up other volunteers to be ready to go.

About 15 volunteers will drive emergency response vehicles  to Florida.

“Primarily what they do is mobile feeding. So one of these vehicles can put out 500 meals once it’s loaded up," said Britton Riley, the Red Cross Regional Planner for Central Indiana.

Duke Energy is also on standby. The power company serves Florida and the Carolina's. If they need to send Hoosier crews, they'll most likely be deployed on Friday.

“They would be repairing lines. We would also be potentially sending some of our employees who would be acting as damage assessors," explained spokeswoman Angeline Protogere. "Our line workers are our heroes. And they are there in all kind of weather in all kinds of conditions to help not only our own company but others."

If you want to help, Riley reminds folks it's always better to give monetary donations, because supplies are difficult to move to another part of the country. You can help by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

“When we have incidents like the Kokomo tornado that occurred, we had folks that came from across the nation to help us out with that,” said Riley. “That area of the coast needs us now and we’re proud to be able to help them.”