Local Red Cross volunteers headed to assist with Hurricane Ian relief

Husband and wife disaster responders Pat and Lori Loney, from Derby, will drive a Red Cross emergency response vehicle roughly 20 hours from Wichita to Florida.
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 5:52 PM CDT
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DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) - Red Cross volunteers from the Wichita area will head to Florida Thursday morning to help with the response to Hurricane Ian.

Husband and wife disaster responders Pat and Lori Loney, from Derby, will drive a Red Cross emergency response vehicle roughly 20 hours from Wichita to Florida. The Loneys, who live in Derby, recently volunteered on the Red Cross of Kansas’ response to the Andover tornado.

The Loney will serve for at least two weeks on a crew in Orlando, serving food to people in shelters and impacted neighborhoods. The couple said they fist became interested in volunteering in 2020 after they retired. They spent the next two years training with the American Red Cross before being dispatched to Andover on April 29, the night of the tornado that heavily impacted the community and parts of southeast Sedgwick County.

The Loneys said their effort in Andover was a tough, eye-opening experience.

“The American Red Cross had more than 500 trained disaster workers on the ground ahead of Ian’s landfall as a category 4 hurricane. Before the storm, the Red Cross moved truckloads of additional cots, blankets and comfort kits, along with tens of thousands of relief supplies into the region to be prepared to help as many as 60,000 people. Dozens of emergency response vehicles are pre-positioned across the state, and additional resources are on the way,” said the organization.

The Red Cross is collecting donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian. You can find those details here.