Mount Baker Red Cross nurse among volunteers for Tropical Storm Isaac

A volunteer nurse with the Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross has joined four volunteers from the Snohomish County Red Cross en route to help with disaster response should Tropical Storm Isaac make landfall in Florida over the next few days.

The Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters across Florida and is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into the state.

“As Isaac travels northward, we’re getting ready to help people in Florida,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services, in a press release.

There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida, and 28 more are moving into the state in advance of the storm with an additional 78 on stand-by if needed.

The organization is also mobilizing five truckloads of disaster supplies to send to Florida, and Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship emergency supplies if necessary.

For those who would like to help, more information can be found at, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Ten-dollar donations can be made by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

The Mount Baker Chapter can be reached at 360-733-3290.

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