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POSTED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 5:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 5:14pm

Here in south Louisiana we all know the damage and devastation a hurricane can cause.

That's why Red Cross volunteers Aimee Mankins and Jane Bowler are on their way to the East Coast to help in any way they can, "We're pretty ready and excited, just hopefully we can help as much as we can. We hope that we don't need to be needed because then that means the hurricane didn't cause that much damage," says Mankins.

They are leaving today just in case they are needed. Both of them have been training to be ready to go at a moment's notice, "We're sending them out with all the skills and the resources they need to be in a position once the storm hits, they can get into the areas as quickly as possible and be able to assist people." says Red Cross spokesperson Nancy Malone.

Even though they know they are well-prepared and well-trained, they also know that in a disaster situation hardly anything ever goes as planned, "You never know what to expect. You kind of just know to expect the unexpected, just be flexible and patient," says Bowler.

So, along with the supplies they've packed their patience and they are ready to do whatever is needed as the still growing hurricane gets closer.

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