The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross deployed four volunteers Sunday to assist in the pre-landfall preparedness activities for Tropical Storm Isaac.
Assistant Executive Director at the American Red Cross Michelle Davison says Doug McDonald of Benton went to Jackson, Mississippi to head up the state's Logistics disaster function.
Davison says Marilyn Wright of Haughton and Robert and Wanda Hogan of Monroe all went to Baton Rouge. Wright will serve as the Health Services Liaison for Louisiana, Robert Hogan will head up Logistics for Louisiana and Wanda will work as the Chapter Support Liaison. All have already or are shortly departing from their homes to head to their pre-landfall response area.
Davison says these four are part of a specially designed Red Cross unit to help potentially affected states stand-up their readiness in the event of a hurricane. Assuming either Mississippi or Louisiana are directly affected, they will transition immediately into the disaster relief operation. The Northwest Louisiana Chapter is maintaining its stand-by status for local volunteers, assets and shelters, to deploy as needed, and is continuing to monitor the situation.
The Northwest Louisiana American Red Cross will hold a disaster orientation/ shelter operations training for new volunteers on Monday, August 27th at 1 p.m.
The training will be held at the new Red Cross office located at 805 Brook Hollow Drive in Shreveport. Anyone who may be interested in assisting should our area need to open shelters as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac is requested to attend.
Anyone who is unable to attend the class, but is interested in assisting with the response efforts can call Red Cross Volunteer Director Jodie Quinn at 318-865-9545 or e-mail her at Jodie.Quinn@redcross.org.
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