POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — When people hear a storm is coming, normally, they try and go in the opposite direction but not these Red Cross volunteers. They're flying from Baton Rouge down to Tampa to set up a shelter just in case Isaac hits Florida.
"I'm excited a little bit nervous. This would be my first deployment so I'm anxious,” says Shuniqua Guss.
This is the California native's first trip down as a member of the Red Cross. This isn't her first time volunteering though. She's worked for AmeriCorps for the last three years and has helped out in her church. She says assisting others in what she loves to do
"I've chosen to dedicate my life to service...it's an opportunity to give back to your community, to your country and it makes you feel good when you help other people out." says Guss.
But with the chance of the tropical storm hitting south Louisiana the middle of next week, the Red Cross-is also preparing right here in Baton Rouge. Spokesperson Nancy Malone says while they're getting ready, you should do the same.
"Really we want our neighbors right now to take their own preparation, go ahead buy your supplies if you haven't already set that," says Malone.
As Guss and the rest of the volunteers prepare to help out if Isaac hits Florida, she's taking into account that her loved ones, like her great grandmother, are worried about her safety too.
"She definitely gave me a talk but she's hopeful I'm making the right choices and she's all right," says Guss.