CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Suitcase in hand, Jerry Silva of the Virginia Red Cross is headed to Florida to help with Hurricane Ian relief.
Silva was flown to Florida by the Virginia Red Cross after assessing the damage Friday night in Central Virginia following the rain and wind from Hurricane Ian.
“We put ourselves in harm’s way by taking care of our clients and volunteers,” Silva said.
After the storms Friday night, the Virginia Red Cross assisted six families across the state. Fortunately, no one was in the Richmond area.
The Red Cross team decided to direct more resources to where they are desperately needed. Although he left an area with little risk of severe weather damage to a place with more risk, Silva said he is not afraid of what will happen.
“This is my 15th deployment,” Silva said.
Richmond area did not escape the wrath of John undamaged. About 15,000 customers were without power as of 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, according to Dominion Energy. was restored for most Central Virginia customers.
Many Richmond residents woke up Saturday to trees and debris littering the streets. Christy Cornell, also with the Virginia Red Cross, said it’s important that their group maintains adequate resources to help those in need in local communities. For now, Central Virginians are still getting enough help, she said.
Residual winds and rain from Yan are expected to return to the region on Sunday, October 2. Cornell noted that even if only a small number of people feel the brunt of the storm, the devastation can be overwhelming for them.
“If the trees fell on your house and you lost it, you’re still devastated,” Cornell said. “So maybe it’s not an impact on society, but it’s still a devastating effect on the person who lost it.”