SWFL agencies prepare to help Isaac victims
NAPLES - Several local agencies have already started preparing to help hurricane-ravaged states along the Gulf of Mexico.
"As it's moving through the gulf and up towards some of those other states, we're moving some of our resources up that way," said American Red Cross Communications Director, Colin Downey.
Among the resources being sent from Southwest Florida are volunteers. At least one of them is flying out to the area on Wednesday morning.
"We'll be staging - preparing for water and then maybe out in the field...passing out water and food and snacks," said volunteer, Tom Burden.
The retired Ft. Myers resident began offering his time to the Red Cross after receiving help from the organization when his home was damaged during Hurricanes Wilma and Charlie.
More volunteers are expected to be sent out to gulf coast states over the next several days and three food trucks houses at the Red Cross Ft. Myers and Naples locations are on standby.
The Naples branch of the Salvation Army is also among the groups that will be offering assistant to residents who are being affected by Hurricane Isaac.
"We're also on standby and we'll get the word from our Florida division headquarters," said Karole Davis, with the Salvation Army of Naples. "We have over two dozen trained volunteers that have gone through disaster training."
Florida Power & Light acted swiftly when the threat to the gulf coast states became real.
"We rerouted 900 out of state workers who hadn't arrived in Florida yet and today (Tuesday) we released 155. We expect that those released workers will be rerouted to assist areas that continue to be impacted by Isaac."
The American Red Cross says it has around 200 emergency response vehicles from around the country on their way to the gulf coast states.
Meantime, the Salvation Army has a fleet of mobile and field kitchens and shower trailers on standby.