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Louisville Red Cross heads to Gulf for Isaac

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Janine Brown, director of disaster relief for Red Cross in Louisville. Janine Brown, director of disaster relief for Red Cross in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The American Red Cross is preparing for Isaac and its aftermath, but it is not just the Red Cross branches on the Gulf Coast.

Louisville has already sent 17 volunteers down there with several more on standby.

"We're in the process of deploying people to Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana and Florida for the tropical storm or Hurricane Isaac," said Janine Brown, director of disaster relief for Red Cross in Louisville.

The 17 volunteers left over the weekend and Monday morning. There is a list of six to eight additional volunteers on standby.

"What they're telling us now is that we need to send as many people now as we can because they envision they'll be closing airports probably tomorrow," said Brown. "We are expecting that there are gonna be hundreds of thousands of people displaced and we want to make sure we have Red Cross resources on the ground to be able to meet the needs of the affected communities."

The Red Cross right now is focusing on food and shelter, but many nurses have already flown down.

Members of the Louisville volunteer group come as far away as Murray in western Kentucky, but also includes people from southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro area.

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