SEATTLE -- Forty-six responders from the Red Cross Northwest region are now on the East Coast assisting with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

The volunteers and workers from Washington State and the Idaho Panhandle are among 3,000 disaster response workers who are helping run a vast network of emergency shelters across five states.

Nearly 7,000 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross shelters. The sheltering effort has provided as many overnight stays as after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross said.

The relief agency sent half of its U.S. fleet of vehicles to communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. One hundred trailers stocked with water, meals, shelter supplies, insect repellent, gloves, masks, shovels, and coolers, arrived over the weekend. More supplies are on their way, the Red Cross said.


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