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Emergency response teams prepare for Dorian in Southwest Florida

Posted at 7:38 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 07:38:50-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right now, emergency response teams in Southwest Florida are preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian.

Both the Salvation Army and Red Cross are working closely with the state’s emergency operation center and keeping a close eye on Dorian as the storm gets closer.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army said they have sent out a notice to all their volunteers in the area, checking to see who is available and who is not in case they have to activate.

Right now, Red Cross has a team in Puerto Rico getting ready to respond.

So far, no local volunteers have been deployed to Puerto Rico.

The Red Cross chapter here in Southwest Florida is keeping in constant communication with their teams in Puerto Rico, the Florida Keys and along the East coast of Florida.

They are keeping a close eye on Dorian, watching and waiting for what is expected in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross said they are always ready and prepared for a natural disaster.

Dorian is expected to hit Puerto Rico Wednesday evening as a tropical storm.

We will know more on what kind of impact Dorian will have on Southwest Florida as it progresses.

You can count on Fox 4 for updates.

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