Oklahomans head to Gulf Coast with Red Cross as Isaac approaches

The American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma is sending seven volunteers to the Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall Wednesday, approaches the region.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: August 28, 2012

According to the National Weather Service, Isaac is expected to be a category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 85 mph. It is projected to make landfall near New Orleans.

Flooding is a serious concern given the devastation caused by Katrina, and Garcia said volunteers will be prepared for anything. They could be in the area for a couple of days or as long as several weeks, he said.

Three of the volunteers are from Oklahoma City. Two are from Enid, with one each from Woodward and Shawnee. Garcia said they are in good spirits and looking forward to helping.

“You can sit at home and watch on TV,” Garcia said. “We encourage donations, but it's nice to get out and have an impact on those affected by these storms and they give you a hug and tell you how much they appreciate it.”