Several Red Cross volunteers from the east are among those from across the country involved in a large disaster response that could last for weeks across multiple states along the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Isaac affects millions of lives with strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and coastal surges.
Almost 2,400 Red Cross disaster workers are in the region, opening evacuation shelters and providing relief supplies for those affected by Isaac in several states along the Gulf.
The Eastern NC region of the American Red Cross has been mobilizing volunteers, vehicles and supplies in preparation of the storm.
So far three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) and 8 volunteers have deployed to assist with the relief efforts in Mississippi.
Jim Dunham and Ralph Aviles, an ERV team from the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, left early Tuesday morning in route to Hattiesburg, MI.
Helen Miller, local disaster volunteer at the Onslow County Chapter was deployed to a staging area in Orlando, Florida last Friday in support of American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Isaac and on Sunday was moved to Mississippi to manage feeding operations.
Mother and son team Cynthia Ann and Jonathan Wright, from Spring Hope, left Tuesday morning driving the ERV from the Wayne County Chapter of the Red Cross in Goldsboro. They are headed to Hattiesburg, MI.
Cliff Rabourn and Don Campbell of the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross are driving an ERV down to Hattiesburg, MI where they will meet up with their fellow Red Cross volunteers to help feed and provide supplies to storm victims.
Red Cross volunteer Doug Erickson left this morning from Wilmington for Baton Rouge, LA where he will work as a government liaison in the response headquarters.
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