Local Red Cross volunteers are in Texas to help battle floods

Posted August 28, 2017

The Mountain Empire chapter of the American Red Cross also sent two volunteers to Texas on Friday in order to help out with relief efforts. Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets - enough to support more than 20,000 people - are scheduled to arrive in Texas.

The National Weather Service predicted Harvey could still linger as a tropical storm through early Wednesday and then weaken into a tropical depression.

The team of 70 members, which deployed Saturday night from Sherman Oaks, is made up of mostly LAFD firefighters and includes a civilian canine handler, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Volunteers and emergency responders from the D.C. area headed to the Lone-Star state on Sunday to help with relief efforts. She expected the worst from Hurricane Harvey.

The Red Cross now has enough supplies mobilized to support more than 20,000 people for weeks, if necessary.

Renata Hoskins is among dozens of other Red Cross volunteers who are now pitching in to help those who were displaced after a Category 4 storm tore through several cities in Texas.

"Water rescue boats. We carry hazardous materials response capabilities", Garboth said. Forecasters are predicting rainfall from Harvey could reach 50 inches in some areas, the highest ever recorded in Texas, according to The Associated Press. "And we need folks to continue to hold up people in prayer and in their thoughts as we deal with this monster of a storm".

"I didn't sign up with the Red Cross to stay at home, I want to go and help people wherever they are", Komerska said.

24 Hour News 8 got a look inside the Red Cross' disaster relief mobile unit.