Local Red Cross sends additional Harvey/Irma help.

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The North Louisiana chapter of the American Red Cross deployed 3 more people Thursday to aid in ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief, and to get ahead of Hurricane Irma.

The doors are now closed at the Red Cross shelter at Morning Star Baptist Church in Shreveport. The remaining evacuees have been relocated.

“Good news, I got everybody into a place today, so I was so happy when I found out that everyone has a place in Louisiana,” says shelter coordinator, Shaniqua Washington.

The break for Washington will be short lived. She is already on her way to Lake Charles, Louisiana to help with Harvey relief efforts along the coast. 

While many people are now leaving Florida ahead of an expected hit from Hurricane Irma, Julie Gustafson, Major Gifts Officer with the Red Cross, will head directly to the state before landfall.

“Well i’m a little nervous, this is my first deployment, but i’m here to help, i’m with the Red Cross, that’s what we do,” says Gustafson. She will be stationed in Orlando coordinating telethons and fundraisers for a state that is expected to need the help. It’s a short notice trip with a return date that could extend beyond the expected 7 to 10 days. 

Back to back disasters are not out of the ordinary for the Red Cross. The group worked hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, followed by Ike and Gustav in 2008. 

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