2 American Red Cross volunteers deploy to Texas, Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Laura
Two women with Central Florida’s American Red Cross are voluntarily heading toward Hurricane Laura.
Sammi Conneen will be stationed in Houston, Texas.
“That whole area of downtown Houston -- we all know that they get lots of flooding and they’re expecting some pretty heavy storm surges,” Conneen explained.
Galveston residents have already been given the order to evacuate the city ahead of Hurricane Laura.
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“Once it gets to a certain area it’s gonna be no more movement, no more delivery, nobody coming and going and we’re gonna hunker down from there and wait and see how she goes,” she added.
Kathy Burkett is deploying to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to manage, shelter, and aid.
“I believe that the flooding will be the major issue,” Burkett said.
Both of them tell FOX 35 News they are ready to render help to anyone devastated by the unpredictable power of the storm, but for the first time in the midst of a pandemic.
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“With the COVID crisis and how much we’ve had to adapt to our mission to fit that crisis, our mission continues,” Burkett said. “It doesn’t change because of COVID, we just change the way we do our mission.”
They want people in the path of the storm to know they’re not alone.
“You got a lot of people coming,” Conneen said. “We’re going to do the best that we can.”
The volunteers say they have packed enough for two weeks but admit they could be gone longer.
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