Ahead of Isaac, Op. Blessing, Red Cross, Dominion Power head south to help

Ahead of Isaac, Op. Blessing, Red Cross, Dominion Power head south to help

Ahead of Isaac, Op. Blessing, Red Cross, Dominion Power head south to help

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Associated Press and WVEC.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 25 at 1:00 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- The Virginia Beach-based humanitarian organization Operation Blessing Internationa,  two Red Cross from Williamsburg and Dominion Power crews are preparing for the worst from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Operation Blessing says staff will arrive there Friday ahead Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm was approaching hurricane strength on Thursday and expected to move into the Gulf Coast early next week.

Ahead of Isaac, Operation Blessing is filling reserve fuel tanks, delivering clean water to a small fishing community and preparing an emergency response boat, among many other actions.

Two Red Cross volunteers from Wiliamsburg, Barry Koffroth and Ken Sharp, were leaving from Richmond late Friday afternoon for Orlando. They both will be assigned to Disaster Assessment operations, officials said.

The organization's national response already is 22 emergency response vehicles in the area and at least 28 more being moved in advance of Isaac. Another 78 vehicles are on stand-by if needed. Five truckloads of disaster supplies and clean-up items like rakes, shovels and tarps are being prepared for use in the area.

Dominion Power crews are packing up, too. Officials say personnel to run six trucks, including three big buckets, could be gone as long as two weeks. They're set to leave Hampton Roads on Sunday.


AP-WF-08-24-12 0707GMT

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