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Northland Red Cross Volunteer Helping With Dorian Relief Efforts

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 03, 2019 06:54 PM

More than 1900 Red Cross responders from all over the country are helping with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. That includes at least three Northland volunteers.

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Lori Dehn of Spring Lake in Itasca County is one of those volunteers. She just deployed early Tuesday morning, and is a retired registered nurse. She is making her fourth national deployment, and will be working in health services where she will help people who are taking refuge from the storm.

"Really excited to be here. Not sure what to expect, but I'm going to fall back on my training," Dehn said in a video she sent to WDIO News from the intake center in Durham, North Carolina documenting her journey so far.

She isn't sure where she will be assigned yet, but she says she is ready to help wherever she is needed.

"I feel like I'm prepared to take on whatever I get assigned to do," said Dehn.

Due to the storm, the Red Cross estimates around 60,000 people in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina will need help. That's where Dehn comes in. She will be working in health services, making sure people stay healthy while they are displaced from their homes. So wherever she ends up, her services will be needed

"We're going to help prepare the population to withstand whatever comes," said Dehn.

Unfortunately, preparing for these types of natural disasters are something she says people in the area are far too familiar with.

"The people who are affected by these hurricanes in particular, this is not a brand new thing, it happens frequently. They have great resilience," said Dehn.

Now she is looking to use her skills as a retired registered nurse to make a difference for them.

"Always had an interest in caring and giving as a nurse, and so this was one way in my retirement to be able to give back and continue to use my nursing skills on a less than full-time basis," said Dehn.

Volunteering is something that is familiar to Dehn as she was also deployed for the California Wildfires, along with Hurricanes Harvey and Florence.

"It's so rewarding. Everyone is so grateful for Red Cross presence," said Dehn.

More volunteers from the Northland are in the process of being deployed as well.

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Ryan Juntti

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