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Local Red Cross volunteers head into path of Tropical Storm Isaac


The Finger Lakes NY Region of the American Red Cross is deploying multiple volunteers south to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac’s landfall, which is predicted for early next week.

Isaac could bring strong winds gusting as high as 75 mph and 4 to 8 inches of rain. Meanwhile, officials are also keeping an eye on another tropical system behind Isaac which could become a tropical storm in the next 48-72 hours.

The Red Cross is working to identify available shelters in Florida, assemble disaster teams, and coordinate with government and community partners like the Southern Baptist Convention and NAACP.

From the Finger Lakes NY Region, several volunteers will be heading to the storm area in the next few days:

  • Bruce Fenton, of Victor, and Bonnie Nolen, of Rush, will be flying to Tampa to function as a Sheltering Service Associates. They will depart from Greater Rochester International Airport via United airlines at 7:49 p.m. Bonnie and Bruce will also be at the Greater Rochester Chapter of the Red Cross at 3:30 p.m. today.
  • Lucille Frisicano, of Webster, will be flying to Tampa via Delta Airlines (through Atlanta) at 3 p.m. today. She will be available at Greater Rochester International Airport 60 minutes prior to her flight time. Lucille is a Shelter Service and a Health Service Associate.
  • Roger Kessler, of Canandaigua, will be departing tomorrow morning from Greater Rochester International Airport at 8:30 a.m. for Tampa. He will be functioning as a Shelter Supervisor.
  • Richard Walters, of Bath, will fly to Tampa via Elmira-Corning Airport at 5:45 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Richard will function as an Emergency Response Vehicle driver.
  • John Sullivan, of Elmira, will handle Logistics in Tampa. He will depart from Elmira-Corning Airport tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m.
  • To coordinate an interview with deploying volunteers, please contact Erin Caldwell at 585-370-1834. Additional deployments are expected in coming days.

    The Red Cross prepares year-around for tropical storms like Isaac. For example, more than 50 trailers with supplies to support hundreds of people each are pre-positioned along the Gulf and East coasts in preparation for hurricane season. Each trailer is stocked with cots, blankets and comfort kits.

    One helpful tool is a 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, 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.

    HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP: Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or to your local chapter.

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