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Volunteers prepare to help in FL, Gulf Coast as Isaac hits

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Brian Scoles readies the American Red Cross disaster relief van. (Aug. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina) Brian Scoles readies the American Red Cross disaster relief van. (Aug. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Upstate is hundreds of miles from the coast, but people in the community are also getting ready for Tropical Storm Isaac.

The American Red Cross of the Western Carolina Region has already sent some volunteers to Florida. One Asheville and two Greenville volunteers have already packed their bags and headed for Tampa.

Several other volunteers and even a Red Cross disaster relief vehicle were on standby Sunday, just waiting for the word on where exactly they'll be sent.

Most would avoid the area a tropical storm is expected to hit, but not Brian Scoles. He works with the Red Cross and said it's likely he'll be headed to the Gulf Coast Monday.

"You're always nervous and on guard in a situation like this," said Scoles. "But it's the ability for me to stop and get aside from my daily routine and head down, help those whose lives have been turned upside down."

But the Red Cross said it's time to prepare in the Upstate as well just in case this area is also impacted by the storm system.

"We need to be prepared right here in our own hometown in the western Carolinas," said Scoles. "We need to have an evacuation plan for flooding and tornadoes."

Just in time, the Red Cross has come out with an app for that. In just a few clicks, users can track hurricanes, get emergency alerts, find shelters and even set off an alarm so others can find them in an emergency.

The app is free on both iPhone and Android phones. It's called the Red Cross Hurricane app.

The Red Cross says it's also an important to help neighbors by donating. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-RedCross or visiting their website.

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