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Red Cross reaches out to Gulf Coast
Hurricane Isaac flooded thousands of homes on the Gulf Coast when it made landfall Thursday, and the local American Red Cross is reaching out to help.

Donna Davis, director of the Southeastern Coastal Georgia Chapter in Brunswick, said some have already answered the call, and more are expected.

"So far we've sent 15 volunteers from Glynn County to Texas and Louisiana to help with the hurricane in the Gulf," Davis said. "Most likely, that number will be up to 30 in the next few weeks. The aftermath is sometimes worse than the initial weather."

Additionally, the Red Cross sent its emergency response to the scene of damage hours before daybreak Friday.

Coordinating responses to disasters is at the heart of the Red Cross mission, but it takes resources, Davis said.

"All of this comes with enormous cost to the American Red Cross, but we (respond) for mass disasters in other areas just as they would respond here if, God forbid, we had a hurricane," Davis said.

The Red Cross office in Brunswick always accepts donations for the daily disasters it responds to in the Glynn County area. Donors can specifically designate donations for local use or the Gulf effort.

Davis said donating money is the best way to help because it is difficult to transport clothes, food and other items to disaster sites.

On Friday, Isaac was not even at the strength of a weak tropical storm and was headed for the Midwest, where rain was in the forecast.

Help Out

To donate or volunteer, call Donna Davis, director of the Southeastern Coastal Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, at 265-1695 or email donna.davis@redcross.org.



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