Red Cross worker leaves Pa. to help prepare for Irma

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Watch the report on Action News at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2017. (WPVI)

A disaster worker with the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania left Philadelphia Thursday to help prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Adrian Grieve flew out of Philadelphia International Airport, headed to South Carolina. That's where he will join other emergency relief workers to prepare for Hurricane Irma's arrival next week.

Grieve says they have Red Cross representatives in Florida already and many still in Texas.

"We're stretched potentially between five or six states. And you can't forget we have the wild fires still in California, and we even have a couple of folks still supporting the Canadian Red Cross with the wild fires up there," Grieve said. "So, it's definitely a stretch on the human and material resources, but the Red Cross plans for this. This is really what we do, so we're ready if or when Irma strikes."

The Red Cross's main priority is to help people displaced from their homes get shelter and food.
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