4 Red Cross volunteers from Flint deploying to Florida

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FLINT (WJRT) (9/7/2017) - Four Red Cross volunteers from Flint deployed to Florida on Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irma's expected landfall.

Valorie Sims of Flint prepares to fly out of Bishop International Airport bound for Florida, where she will help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

The workers from the Genesee-Lapeer Red Cross chapter left Bishop International Airport on Thursday bound for the Sunshine State, where Irma is forecast to hit south Florida sometime this weekend.

Valorie Sims, one of the volunteers from Flint, left on her first Red Cross deployment. Before boarding her flight, she said she's not nervous -- just ready to help.

"I'm eager to go and help -- I really am -- because I know the help is needed," Sims said. "I know a lot of people need to have someone there that really cares."

Sims will be helping with Red Cross emergency shelters set up to house people displaced by the powerful storm. So will Sarah Hendricks who has family in south Florida.

"I'm a little nervous, but I'm more excited." Hendricks said.

Sarah and Valorie flew in to Orlando. They hope others will be compelled to lend a hand as well.

For anyone else who wants to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or any other disaster, the Genesee-Lapeer Red Cross is hosting a training seminar at noon Monday. The training lasts about 4.5 hours.

Call (800) 733-2767 for more information.

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