Local volunteers deploy to Tropical Storm Isaias; Red Cross seeking blood donor ambassadors

As Tropical Storm Isaias continues its path, the Red Cross has trained volunteers and pre-positioned shelter and relief supplies ready in advance of the storm in case people need help.

Two local volunteers from the Illinois region are among the hundreds of volunteers deploying virtually and in- person to help with the response to Isaias. Kathryn Perry has already deployed to Virginia, while Steve Hilgers will leave this Tuesday, August 4 to assist in a non-congregate shelter in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina. Hurricane conditions are expected by this evening.

You can help people affected by disasters, like storms and countless other crises, by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Blood donor ambassadors are also needed to help support blood drives by welcoming blood donors and helping to enhance safety measures. As a blood donor ambassador, you will greet donors, explain the donation process as necessary and assist with initial intake and hand offs through the blood donation process. Manage donor flow at temperature taking station to ensure only donors passing temperature screen are permitted access. It is a fulfilling way to spend a few hours supporting a lifesaving mission. Sign up at redcross.org/volunteer

HELP SAVE LIVES THIS SUMMER Give blood, platelets or plasma—we’re all in this together! Visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule your donation.

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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