Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — On Tuesday, the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge asked for additional volunteers to help out and provide comfort for those in need across southern Louisiana.
"We have some other volunteers from across the country who have been arriving, and they have been specially trained,” stated Public Affairs Director Nancy Malone. “We have two people from Oregon, shelter workers from the East Coast, and some from the Midwest - we've got a lot of people coming in to help."
New volunteers headed to the Red Cross filled out registration forms and went through a background check, all before going through training on how to assist those who have evacuated from their homes.
"I've been hearing about the hurricane coming in,” stated volunteer Asona Bowen. “I’m into doing volunteer work, not only through my church, but around the community as well, and I wasn't doing anything else today since school was cancelled."
Hundreds have gathered at the American Red Cross here in Baton Rouge in preparation for Isaac to help those in need before and after the storm.
As soon as they arrived and registered, the volunteers were sent out to different locations.
“We've got volunteers with shelters in various parishes. We've got folks headed towards West Baton Rouge, towards St. Helena, down in Iberville, several shelters across the Florida parishes - so we’ve got lots of people headed out,” said Malone. “We’ve got supplies moving around to assist people in this ‘hunker down’ phase before the storm hits."
Malone asks that people who are still looking to volunteer call before heading over, since they don't want anyone driving around in dangerous conditions.