Local Volunteers Head to Florida to Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – With Tropical Storm Isaac possibly making landfall in Florida within the next few days, the American Red Cross is getting ready to respond if needed.

The Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters across Florida, and is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into the state. There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida with 28 more moving into the state in advance of the storm. There is also an additional 78 on stand-by if needed. The Red Cross is mobilizing five truckloads of disaster supplies to send to Florida and Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship emergency supplies if necessary.

As part of the Red Cross preparations, Red Cross volunteers, Lawrence Bell of Moline, Illinois, Claudia McCalley of Elkader, Iowa and Edwin Recker of Cascade, Iowa will deploy for Tampa, Florida on Friday.

One step people can take now is to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices which puts real time information on hurricane safety at someone’s fingertips. The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas that could get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.


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