While thousands are leaving the Gulf Coast for safer ground, emergency workers are going in. They are making their way to the areas where Hurricane Lili seems most likely to make landfall. The Lubbock Chapter of the American Red Cross received the call for help late last week, and Wednesday volunteers packed up and hit the road.
"Sometimes just being there and smiling and giving them a shoulder to cry on feels good. We want to make people feel like the Red Cross is hope for them," says Rosalyn Martinez with the American Red Cross of Lubbock.
The Red Cross will provide emergency relief like food, clothing, medication and mental health services. Lubbock could send another wave of volunteers as early as Thursday if there is a need for more help.