Providing aid to Hurricane Irma victims could be difficult after Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the anticipation of Hurricane Irma, disaster relief agencies are bracing to stretch resources thin.

With the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund needing to be replenished and volunteers deployed across the country to cover the damage from two hurricanes, officials hope what they have will be enough.

“I think every organization that does humanity work, particularly in this area, feels stretched,” Red Cross spokesman Roberto Baltodano said. “This is the peak of hurricane season, and we aren’t done yet. Incidents of this nature take a toll on our organization.”

With about 3,000 volunteers deployed in Texas, the Red Cross is shifting gears to mobilize people and resources to send to Florida, Baltodano said.

“We always need help, both financial and volunteers,” he said. “Disasters as large as the ones we’re seeing do take a toll.”

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