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Local Red Cross deploying additional volunteers to Florida today

The local American Red Cross today is sending two volunteers to Florida in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac. The volunteers will be assisting with sheltering efforts.

Volunteers will be available for interview at 10 a.m. today at the American Red Cross, 2401 Park Road, Charlotte.

Since last week, the local Red Cross has deployed six volunteers and a vehicle to aid in the response. In total, the Red Cross already has more than 1,500 disaster workers assigned to the response in Florida and across the Gulf states. Last night, five Red Cross shelters were open with more than 100 residents in Florida.

HURRICANE APP Those who may be in the path of the storm can download the new free Red Cross Hurricane App 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 let family and friends know they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas predicted to 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.

If you would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires and floods, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by clicking here to donate online, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Your gift enables us to provide safe refuge in our shelters, feed those who have had to leave their homes, and offer comfort to those touched by disaster.