ARC to go house to house to distribute relief goods

The American Red Cross-NMI Chapter plans to visit typhoon-affected families at their homes to distribute relief goods to ensure that all those affected by the Category 5 howler would get the relief they need.

John Hirsch, American Red Cross-NMI Chapter executive director, said the chapter expects its stock of relief goods to be replenished in the next three days or so and that’s when they plan to do home deliveries.

“We provided all our relief supplies because we didn’t have that much inventory here on Saipan because we had just given out a lot of them on Rota for [Typhoon] Mangkhut, so we’re waiting for the replenishment of our supplies to come in and that should probably be in the next three days…we’re hopeful they will arrive by airplane and then…we will start to do another round of distributions,” he said.

The chapter aims to make the next relief distribution more targeted by reaching deep into affected villages.

“What we’re probably going to do in the next round of distributions is we’re going to do it more targeted…we’re going to be going house to house, giving out the supplies more that way…” he said.

According to Hirsch, the chapter’s volunteer needs are going to go up and down over the next few weeks.

“Right now we’re waiting for the shipment of our emergency supplies to come in so for the next couple of days we don’t need that many volunteers, but in three or four days we might need 100 volunteers,” he said.

Hirsch is asking the community to remain patient because help is coming, but it takes time.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.

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