Monday, August 27, 2012

Red Cross DFW Prepared to Help Hurricane Isaac Evacuees

Written by Anita Foster, Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross: 

As I type this message to you this morning, I do so with great uncertainty on what the day will hold. Hurricanes are quite unpredictable. Late last week, we were busy deploying relief workers so they could be in place before Isaac made landfall. We were fairly certain that he would come ashore along the Florida coastline, but what a difference a couple of days can make. 

After waking up on Sunday, I took a look at the latest forecast models and started to see Isaac making a shift to the west. I called some of my fellow Red Crossers and we discussed the model. For the first time since its formation, we knew that our teams in DFW and East Texas might just be called to action because New Orleans now appeared within the "cone of probability". 

This morning, not only is New Orleans in the cone, it's in the center of it. What does that mean for DFW? In a nutshell, it means that we have to be ready to provide safe shelter for thousands of people and we'll need to do it quickly. 

Throughout the day today, all of us will have phones glued to our ears and we'll be frantically typing messages to volunteers, national headquarters, government officials and each other just to be sure everything is lined up in case people from New Orleans head toward DFW for a safe place to stay. 

We'll keep you posted on our activities throughout the day so please check back here. You can also follow us on Twitter @RedCrossDFW or join us on our Facebook page: Red Cross DFW. See you later today! 

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