As Isaac’s floodwaters recede and people begin to return to their neighborhoods, American Red Cross workers are moving into community after community along the Gulf Coast, ramping up mobile feeding efforts and handing out relief supplies, while continuing to shelter those who still need a safe place to stay. Among those volunteers are Lynn and Joe Shugars who were deployed this week from the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.
The Shugars, who live in Martinsburg, West Virginia, were in route today to Port Allen, Louisiana in a convoy of Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV). The couple drove an ERV from Hagerstown to Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday where they were stationed in preparation for the storm and awaiting further assignment.
Throughout the Gulf Coast Region, mobile kitchens capable of making thousands of meals a day are setting up in the affected areas. Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention will be preparing meals to be distributed throughout communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles in place all along the Gulf Coast. The Red Cross has already served more than 42,000 meals and snacks.
More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers are handing out meals, snacks and water, they will also be distributing things like cleaning and personal hygiene items, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks as soon as it is safe to do so.
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