TAMPA, Florida – Parts of the northern Gulf Coast prepare for a potential disaster as models show the Hurricane Delta being tracked right in the path of Hurricane Laura.
The Central Florida Red Cross is now preparing to send aid to an area that still has volunteers from previous storms.
“This is the third time I’ve deployed this year,” said Michael Nolan, a volunteer warehouse keeper for the Tampa Bay Red Cross.
It’s been a year like no other for volunteers like Michael Nolan.
“I think I’ve been home for two weeks,” said Nolan.
On Wednesday, Nolan boarded a plane to Alabama to fill buildings with food and relief supplies.
“There are still over 3,000 people in the New Orleans area in shelters that are temporarily housed by the Red Cross. They couldn’t return home, ”said Eric Corliss, Regional CEO of the Central Florida Red Cross.
The Central Florida Red Cross still has eleven volunteers on site before Hurricane Laura landed as one of the strongest storms in the United States six weeks ago.
“Looking at a major hurricane toward Louisiana has taken a terrible toll,” Corliss said.
Now they are sending at least 10 more in front of the Hurricane Delta.
“Last year through this year, if we compare July to October, we added 100 more disaster relief volunteers,” Corliss said.
And they did everything during a pandemic. They had to triple their shelter, improve their cleansing procedures, and arrive with a full supply of face covers.
But behind the mask is a smile.
“I just enjoy doing the job,” said Nolan.
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