Local Red Cross officials, volunteers prepare for Hurricane Irma

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) -  

First Harvey, now eyes are on Irma. 

"We are preparing no matter where Irma goes. It does look like it's going to be Florida, but you just never know with these types of hurricanes," said Red Cross Capital West Chapter Executive Director Merri Alessi. 

Alessi said they are even prepared for if the storm makes its way to the capital area. 

"In preparedness, we are making sure we have enough cots to go into shelters that may open, for people either before the storm would hit or after the storm would hit. Making sure we have all of our vendors lined up for food and feeding of our clients in our shelters. Making sure that we have clean up kits waiting to be distributed to those folks that may have some kind of damage," explained Alessi. 

If Irma hits the east coast, the local chapter is making preparations to help. 

"We would potentially send some of our folks down there, some of our volunteers to help with the recovery of Irma, pending that there is nothing in the Gulf that might threaten the coast of Louisiana," said Alessi. 

On top of that, the local Red Cross is still helping with Harvey recovery efforts, which includes sending supplies and helping out with assisting those affected with other needs. 

"There are still recovery efforts going on in Southwest Louisiana. There are approximately more than 600 homes that still have not be accessible from waters. So, as these waters are receding, we're getting into those neighborhoods and those homes and provide disaster relief as far as clean up kits, waters, meals, things like that," concluded Alessi. 

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. If you want to learn how you can get involved, click here


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