Central Virginians are among thousands of volunteers traveling southeast to assist as Hurricane Dorian inches closer toward the United States.
34 volunteers from the state have been deployed to Florida, Georgia, and SC to serve in various roles for the Red Cross.
As the storm approaches, Brent says the Red Cross is making sure staff and supplies are ready.
Once Dorian makes landfall, the trio will relocate and operate shelters for people who need to escape danger zones.
At least 1,600 Red Cross volunteers - and counting - are stationed across the south in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, mainly in Florida, Georgia and SC. Those operations are largely manned by the Red Cross.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, including Nicole Roma of Jamestown, are coordinating with partners to support people seeking refuge in hurricane evacuation centers.
Two-person teams will take the emergency response vehicles which will be used to provide food and other disaster response supplies to the residents affected by the hurricane.
"I have seen what happens to communities when these events occur, and it can be devastating to the people in the area". "And she deploys first, nearly in the country, to go and set up mental health services; when we know there are going to be people who are just experiencing the trauma of an extended disaster", she says.