CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross announced deployment of additional volunteers on Thursday, bringing the total to 35 with additional deployment expected through the holiday weekend.

A total of six of those volunteers are based in the Greater Chattanooga Area, with the others leaving from Knoxville and Tri-Cities. Each volunteer expects to serve at least two weeks.

The Red Cross is responding across multiple states, providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat. While focusing on people's emergency needs, last night more than 5,200 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in 6 states and we expect many more people coming to shelters today.

"We need your help," said Stan Gibert, Regional Communications Director. "This is a very large relief response that will last a long time. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched. People can click or text to donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation."

The Red Cross has volunteers, equipment and supplies poised ready to help people in the affected areas after the storm passes.

• About 2,700 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States have deployed to the Gulf region to help.
• At least 311,000 ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers are in the area. In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day prepositioned alongside the Red Cross.
• Across the Gulf Coast, 187 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are ready to move in to serve meals and distribute relief items once it's safe to do so.
• The Red Cross already has trailers of relief supplies pre-positioned in the area and has sent thousands of additional supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
• The Red Cross is working closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response. Some of these partners include AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, NAACP and the National Baptist Convention USA.