Massachusetts residents deploy to Florida as Isaac takes aim

Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening parts of the Caribbean, including Haiti, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and could affect southern Florida early next week. Isaac could bring strong winds gusting as high as 75 mph and 4 to 8 inches of rain. The American Red Cross is helping prepare individuals and communities in the path of the storm, while taking steps to respond in Florida if needed.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts has answered the call for workers to deploy to the areas Tropical Storm Isaac may be hitting. We are moving hundreds of trained disaster workers to Florida and preparing to open dozens of shelters across the state if needed.
From Massachusetts, we are sending the following Red Cross volunteers to help staff shelters in the Tampa area:

  • Paula Farrales of Taunton
  • Robert Fichtenmayer of Wareham
  • Lynn Levine of Barnstable
  • Karen Melchione of Pocasset
  • Jerry Mossey of South Yarmouth
  • Paul Neuger of Duxbury
  • Thomas Scott of Marshfield
  • Joseph Wall of Harwich

Tom Grimsley of Stoughton is deploying as a health services specialist who will be based, at least for the moment, in Miami.
The Red Cross has 22 emergency response vehicles already in Florida and we’re moving 28 more into the area in advance of Isaac. Another 78 vehicles are on stand-by if needed.
People can also download the new free Red Cross Hurricane App, which features information on Red Cross shelters, plus a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

We train workers — at no cost to the volunteer — to help in a crisis. Want to help? Check out ways you can volunteer with the American Red Cross.

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