Local Native Coordinating First Big Response as National Guard Commander

A Strawberry Point native is coordinating his first big response since taking over as Commander of the Iowa National Guard.

Major General Ben Corell says he’s been in touch with other state guard leaders to coordinate a response in the south for Hurricane Dorian.

Though Dorian’s direction of travel is uncertain, at least 19-million people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, up to 15 inches of rain, flooding and a high storm surge. The Red Cross says as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina may need emergency shelter.

Over a dozen Red Cross volunteers from across Iowa left over the Labor Day weekend, fanning out across the south.

Iowans can help by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED CROSS or texting the word “Dorian” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa