• NSU student heading to Carolinas to assist with Florence relief

    By: Rick Maranon


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    • A Green Country college students is heading to the east coast to help with hurricane relief.
    • Madison Shoemaker is a volunteers with the American Red Cross.
    • This is her first long-distance deployment.

    TULSA, Okla. - A Northeastern State University student is headed into the path of Hurricane Florence.

    Madison Shoemaker is an American Red Cross volunteer who will be working in family evacuation shelters in communities hit hardest by Florence, particularly in the Carolinas.

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    This is Shoemaker’s first long-distance deployment. She has been volunteering with the American Red Cross in Muskogee dealing with local disasters and incidents.

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    “I expect to see a lot of trauma,” Shoemaker said. “These people need to know that we’re there for them not just while the storm is here, but after the storm has passed.”

    Shoemaker said she is ready for the 12-hour shifts, and her professors at school cheered her on when she said she needed to leave immediately to help hurricane victims.

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    Shoemaker will be in impact zones of the hurricane for two weeks.

    She left Friday afternoon and will likely get right to work when she arrives.

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