Augusta Red Cross braces for Tropical Storm Karen

Augusta Red Cross braces for Tropical Storm Karen
The Augusta chapter of the Red Cross is bracing for Tropical Storm Karen. (Source: Mark Barber/WFXG)
The Augusta chapter of the Red Cross is bracing for Tropical Storm Karen. (Source: Mark Barber/WFXG)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Augusta chapter of the Red Cross is bracing for Tropical Storm Karen.

They packed emergency kits Friday afternoon and called hundreds of their volunteers to find out who is able to help in case of an emergency.

"We've got an ERV and a trailer that are available to go and the volunteers to take those vehicles if necessary to an affected area," said Red Cross board member Jana Hill.

While the Red Cross is ready to send help to areas the storm hits hardest, they're also preparing for it to slam into Augusta.

"We are trying to get everybody to be prepared so, in the event that we will have a tornado in this area or have heavy rain and flooding, we'll be prepared," she said.

The Augusta and Aiken chapters of the Red Cross are on standby.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm is heading straight for the CSRA and they forecast it will get here by Monday morning.

One of their disaster volunteers is paid with federal money, but board member Jana Hill says she's still on the job and the government shutdown won't keep them from sending help where it's needed.

"Everything that we get is paid for by the generosity of our community who gives us contributions and that's how we fund the services that we provide," Hill, said.

The National Weather Service says there's the possibility of severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in our area, if the storm doesn't change course.

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