Red Cross of SWLA monitoring storm threat

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With Tropical Storm Isaac's forecast changes affecting the state of Louisiana, the American Red Cross of SWLA participated in a conference call with the National Weather Service and the state's Office of Emergency Preparedness on Sunday evening.

"At this point, SWLA is not in Isaac's cone," said Chairman of the Red Cross Board of Directors, Brian Burton. "So right now, for us, it's all about looking at the situation and assessing and re-assessing the need. That's the cycle."

Burton said that the SWLA chapter of the Red Cross is working closely with other agencies to make sure that the five-parish area (Cameron, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Beauregard and Allen) is ready for whatever may or may not come this way.

"We have about 30 volunteers who are trained and ready to help out when they're needed," said Joe Johnson, coordinator of the chapter's Disaster Readiness and Response.

But, as Johnson explains, until the situation worsens in our immediate area, they will continue to monitor what's going on and re-assess where and how they're needed.

Both Burton and Johnson remind people that it's never too early to make sure you're prepared for any scenario. They point to three different Red Cross mobile applications that will help in that preparation.

On 7News Nightcast, we'll explore those apps and hear more from Burton and Johnson on the Red Cross' role in situations like this.

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