Local Red Cross volunteer to travel to Puerto Rico

A disaster relief veteran will help with the damage left behind by Hurricane Fiona
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Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 7:19 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A local volunteer is answering a call to action after the island of Puerto Rico needs all the help it can get. A Red Cross volunteer from central Illinois has signed up to aid with the disaster relief from Hurricane Fiona.

Steve Hilgers from Mason City is no stranger to helping other after disaster strikes. He’s been on eight national deployments to help with disaster relief, including most recently, going to Louisiana following Hurricane Ida

He’s to be deployed as LSAP, which stands for Life Safety and Asset Protection. His main duties will include overseeing the safety of others as the relief efforts are underway. He’ll be alongside other volunteers in Puerto Rico for at least two weeks.

Hilgers hopes to make a positive impact during is time on the island, but says everyone here at home can help out as well. “The best way to help these people in Puerto Rico right now is donations to The American Red Cross. The donor dollar goes so far with trying to get the assistance to where it needs to be, and you know it’s going to be managed properly, and that it the most powerful way to do it.”

Conditions in Puerto Rico remain dire days after Hurricane Fiona devastated the island. Homes and important infrastructure are destroyed, more than a million are without power and hundreds of thousands have no water service.

To learn more about how you can donate, you can visit the Red Cross website.