Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro is more than 650 miles from Tampa, Florida but volunteers with the American Red Cross are on standby.
There are 13 emergency response vehicles in North Carolina and 26 volunteers packed and ready to go south.
"A lot of Red Cross volunteers from across the country, specifically the east coast have already responded and are in Florida, and in the Gulf Coast area, We've got at least 1,000 volunteers that have already deployed down to the affected areas, and there, if needed, we will open shelters, will provide food, different things like that. We're just there to help however needed," said Melanie McDonough, American Red Cross, Greensboro Chapter.
Because Isaac's path is somewhat uncertain, McDonough says volunteers in North Carolina are also prepared if they have to respond in state.
"Right now we are in a holding pattern to see what Isaac does, as far as, we don't want to send all of our resources out of North Carolina just in case we could be affected later this week with heavy winds and rain," explained McDonough.
Red Cross has 300 emergency response vehicles nationwide. Half of those are already in Florida or headed that way.
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