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North Charleston, S.C., July 11, 2019– Several disaster-volunteers from the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross are deploying to Louisiana as the potential for dangerous storm impacts to the Gulf States is rapidly increasing. 

As of late Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Barry became the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Six local volunteers will deploy to Louisiana Thursday and Friday.

One from the Red Cross of Eastern SC

Five from the Red Cross of Lowcountry SC

Officials expect to see additional South Carolina Red Cross disaster workers deploy in the coming days. "We know how it feels in South Carolina to have a storm bearing down upon us," said Louise Welch Williams, the Regional CEO. "Red Cross volunteers from across the country have come to help up us over the past four years and our volunteers and staff stand ready to return the favor."

Brian Waymire, from the Lowcountry SC Chapter, left Thursday and may be deployed up to two weeks. Waymire and other local volunteers will help with operating shelters, logistics for housing, and providing food for those that need it.

“I am ready. This is my first deployment and I will be doing a lot of work with the shelters while I am there,” said Waymire. “I wanted to give back to my community and The American Red Cross was a great way to do that.”

Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERV’s) are also on alert. The Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross stands ready to send additional disaster-workers, as requested.