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09/16/03

Red Cross Volunteers Head North

While Hurricane Isabel isn't expected to hit us, the Chatham County Red Cross is getting ready to go. They're sending two volunteers and their emergency response vehicle to help those in need when Isabel hits land. WTOC was there while they were packing up, and their mood was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. The volunteers are on the road now and they say they have no idea what will be waiting for them.

Volunteer Bob Tully is headed to Nashville for his first national disaster trip. Nashville is the staging area where Red Cross agencies from across the country are meeting to see where they will be needed when Hurricane Isabel hits land. "I have no expectations," he said. "They'll tell me what they need me to do, that's what my job is...serve the needy."

Tully and another volunteer are taking an emergency response vehicle filled with containers. As of now, they're expected to be gone for three weeks, and even though Tully has never helped in a national relief effort, he says this is what he's trained for, for the last two years.

"The Red Cross is there to serve disaster needs," he said. "Wherever we're needed, that's where we will be."

The Red Cross also adds it is in desperate need for monetary donations. If you are interested in donating, call your local Red Cross.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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