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AZ Red Cross volunteers assisting with Harvey

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TUCSON - The American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter is doing their part to fill 500 volunteer positions needed in the Gulf Coast area for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

As Hurricane Harvey makes landfall almost 12 years to the day as Hurricane Katrina, Red Cross volunteers that are now on their way to Texas are hoping for much better results.

Pat Eger with American Red Cross has been on over 60 disaster relief efforts, the most devastating was Hurricane Katrina, when she helped thousands of evacuees at the Cajun Dome.

“You have to then take a deep breath and think okay baby steps,” said Eger.

Eger is staying back on this deployment but training a two-man team that will be working around the clock out of the Emergency Response Vehicle which will provide support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“They’re going into the damaged areas to feed people, that's the reason that vehicle was made,” said Eger. “They're going to be very busy and tired.”

Naomi Johnston is getting ready to assist on her first major hurricane and knows it's going to be exhausting work physically and mentally.

“You have a lot of mixed emotions about it because you think this could be us because you never know, it could happen at the drop of a hat,” said Johnston.

There are over 60 Red Cross volunteers from our region heading to the Gulf Coast for disaster relief, they plan on being there for at least two weeks.

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