LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People across the country are scrambling to make sure the east coast is prepared for Hurricane Irene. Here on the South Plains, the Red Cross is on stand-by as their counter-parts head to the coast. Even though the storm is across the country, our local Red Cross remains on alert, in case they are called into action.
Several days ago Red Cross teams in the affected areas mobilized to open shelters across 6 states. "They have a lot of hurricane shelters ready to go in that area with a lot of shelter teams on standby and the goal is to minimize the number of volunteers we have to move around the country for each event." Bill Curnow or Lubbock's Red Cross says.
More than 7,000 people in the path of the storm are being housed and fed by the Red Cross. The amount needed to help is staggering: 200 emergency response vehicles standing by, 60,000 heater meals ready and 137 shelters open in 6 states.
Many people on the South Plains have loved ones in the forecasted areas. If you are having trouble getting a hold of them or are concerned at all, the Red Cross has a website they are using to help victims contact those at home to let them know they're alright. "If you haven't been able to get in touch with family, you can go to redcross.org where we have an interactive map that shows all the shelters that are currently open. You can also register on their Safe and Well website at safeandwell.communityos.org" Curnow says.