Alaskan in the path of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Tanguy Libbrecht is facing a monster. As of Tuesday night, the C.E.O. of the Red Cross of Alaska was in a hotel in Puerto Rico with hurricane Maria heading his way.
"I believe we have taken all the steps that we can to be safe," he told KTVA Tuesday afternoon. "And we've picked the best location for us to hunker down."
As of Tuesday, Maria was Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph.
"We're going to close the doors," said Libbrecht." We're going to put plywood on and we're going to hope for the best. So, if Alaskans want to send good wishes this way, we'll take them."
Libbrecht says hundreds of shelters are set up for people on the island, where around 3.5 million people live. Libbrecht says he will be helping provide food and water to those who need it. He expects that people will be in shelters for several days after the storm passes, perhaps weeks.
When asked about why he feels so strongly to be where he is now, Libbrecht replied: "Because I'm a Red Crosser. There was a great need for help -- and that's what the Red Cross does."
Libbrecht is encouraging others in Alaska to sign up to volunteer to help. A number of volunteers are already in Texas and Florida to help people recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Libbrecht took to Facebook Wednesday evening with an update from Puerto Rico. Watch the video below.