Local Red Cross volunteers head to Gulf Coast to help in wake of Isaac

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Tracking Tropical Storm Isaac through the Gulf of Mexico has the American Red Cross already preparing for the worst.

For the past few days, volunteers have gathered food, set up shelters and called on people throughout the country to help out, including a few people from Arizona.

One of those is Camp Verde resident Dave Curtis, a Red Cross volunteer who has helped out before, but only statewide. This is his first national deployment; he headed off to Alabama Monday.

Curtis' job will be to run one of the mobile food trucks.

“I've seen the training videos and what happens during deployment, so I'm a little nervous to see what actually happens out there," he said shortly before leaving. "I think it's going to be pretty exciting. It's going to be real neat to go out and help somebody that's in need out there."

Three Arizona Red Cross volunteers were already sent to Florida. Two more people, including Curtis, went to Alabama.

Curtis told us he plans on being there for two to three weeks.

If you'd like to help, you can donate online at RedCross.org or via your mobile device. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance

The Red Cross is encouraging those looking for information about Isaac, including remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside, to download its Hurricane App.

From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and to get a link to download the app to your phone or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.