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Local Volunteer Heads to Gulf Coast

Local Volunteer Heads to Gulf Coast

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,500 disaster workers across the Gulf coast to help with disaster prep efforts.  The volunteer organization has already opened 22 shelters, and put dozens of others on standby in areas where evacuations were ordered.

Shelley Bierwiler from Corning is in Louisiana, north of New Orleans, getting supplies, food and water together.  She'll be there until the weekend, and says storm preparation is a critical message the Red Cross is spreading.

"We look back at Katrina, and that was just a huge response and a huge disaster that no one was really prepared for at the level they would have liked to have been," says Bierwiler. "But we've taken great steps to be better prepared."

The Red Cross has released a free app that provides storm updates and shelter information.  To get more information about downloading that app and helping disaster efforts, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Workers and volunteers say any and all help is welcome.