WNY Volunteers Heading South In Preparation For Isaac

August 23, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 23, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW-TV) - Over the next couple of days three volunteers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross will be lending a helping hand to residents in Florida as the brace for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Isaac is currently churning in the waters of the Caribbean and is expected to intensify to a category one hurricane over the 48 hours.

Larry Erb, a local volunteer, has been deployed in the past and is ready to put his expertise to work helping others.

"i work in the health care part of it," said Erb. "I'm a licensed practical nurse so that will be my primary job working with the people shelter staff wherever the send us."

Through their nationwide network the American Red Cross is aiming to gather 600 volunteers and Western New Yorkers are welcome to help after hundreds offered their assistance back in 2006.

"We had a lot of people come to help us after the October storm 5 years ago, almost 6 now so we know it's a reciprocal relationship," said Jay Bonafede, Communications Coordinator for the American Red Cross.

Bonafede said these volunteer trips are made possible through donations. If you would like to help you are urged to donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit www.redcross.org or text the words "RED CROSS" to 9-0-9-9-9.