CLEVELAND - The American Red Cross has called on its Disaster Action Team to head to Florida ahead of Hurricane Isaac, and that includes volunteers and an emergency response vehicle from Cleveland.
The local volunteers packed up at the Greater Cleveland chapter of the American Red Cross on Euclid Avenue Friday morning to start heading south.
Susan Muetzel is one of the local volunteers heading to Florida. Muetzel has been volunteering with the Red Cross for more than 10 years, and has responded to most of the major hurricanes during that time, including Hurricane Katrina, when she helped out in Mississippi for three weeks.
There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida, and another 28 on their way.
Seventy-eight more have been put on standby.
The Red Cross is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into Florida, and plans to open dozens of shelters across the state.
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After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea was moving quickly toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas early Friday.
The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday as it moved over land toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas.