Central Illinois Red Cross prepares to send volunteers to Florida

By WEEK Producer

Central Illinois Red Cross prepares to send volunteers to Florida

August 23, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Florida coast line, the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing to send help for those who may be affected by the storm.
 
The Red Cross says it is deploying Diane Schwarzentraub, of Morton, to assist with the effort of sheltering.  The organization says if Isaac does make landfall, Schwarzentraub will work with other volunteers to provide a safe place for affected residents to stay.
 
Additionally, Don Crouch, of Peoria, will be joining Schwarzentraub at the growing Red Cross shelters.
 
American Red Cross of the Heartland says it will be sending three volunteers of its own Friday.  Those volunteers include Mike McKnight, of Normal, Norma Pilkington, of Bloomington, and Vickie Eckhardt, of Normal.  Their duties range from acquiring materials for shelters to actually working in shelters.
 
According to a release, Isaac could bring strong winds gusting as high was 75 mph and 4 to 8 inches of rain.  
 
Anyone interested in making a financial gift or volunteering should visit www.redcross.org.