Feds deploy natural disaster medical teams to ahead of hurricane

Austin has a series of facilities ready to shelter evacuees as well as volunteers on standby to staff them.

24 Hour News 8 got a look inside the Red Cross' disaster relief mobile unit.

David Hendrix with our local Red Cross chapter says they now have four volunteers in the Louisiana area that saw the destruction from Harvey.

"New Yorkers first-hand know the damage Mother Nature can cause, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Louisiana and Texas as they brace for Hurricane Harvey".

About 17 volunteers have deployed to the area as of Sunday, said Diane Concannon, Red Cross communications director for the New Jersey Region.

While people often want to donate items, Farmer said that isn't as helpful as money.

As a result, Regional Disaster Officer Robin Friedman expects to send at least two dozen more volunteers to Texas. She expected the worst from Hurricane Harvey.

In response to the tragic situation in Texas, several national charity groups are soliciting donations to provide direct assistance to Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"This is a unsafe storm and the next few days are going to challenge everyone along the Gulf Coast".

"It's something we train for all the time", he added. Webber said they take enough supplies to be self-sufficient for two weeks if need be, in addition to what is used for people who are rescued.

Members of the Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue team go door to door looking for people that may need help after Hurricane Harvey passed through on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas.

Almost 50 additional shelters are ready to open if necessary, according to the Red Cross.

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