Volunteers head to Florida to help with Isaac

Volunteers head to Florida to help with Isaac

CHAMPAIGN — The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will send three area volunteers to Tampa, Fla., to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac.

"We're kind of getting some of our teams in place before it hits land, and afterwards we'll see what we have and see what we need," said Jamie Davis, the chapter's emergency services coordinator.

Two of the three volunteers set to make the trip are Jerry Olden of Tolono, a veteran volunteer, and Jan Stuckey of Robinson. A third volunteer asked to remain unidentified. All three volunteers are leaving for Florida Friday (Aug. 24), according to the Red Cross.

Volunteers work in advance of a tropical storm making landfall to get shelters ready and health services in place, and are prepared to remain three weeks, Davis said.

But that will depend on the course of the storm.

"We may be bringing these folks back next week," she added.

Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening parts of the Caribbean, including Haiti, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and could arrive in south Florida by early next week, according to a Red Cross news release.

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