Much of Florida's damage from Tropical Storm Fay was done by tornadoes. Even more damage is occurring as flood waters submerge cars and streets.
Now, a growing interest in the future of Fay has developed locally, and the American Red Cross says they're ready.
Gordon Stewart, the Emergency Services Director of the Meridian Chapter of the American Red Cross, says, "Right now, we're focused on preparedness and watching the weather, and making sure we know what is going on and that we stay informed."
With the Red Cross beginning to prepare, that's a sign that it's time for you to start preparing, too. The Red Cross says they will be in contact with local emergency management officials and ready to call in their volunteers to open shelters at the drop of a hat, and they are always looking for volunteers.
"If there are any community members that want to help the Red Cross, even though one is not signed up, just come on down to the Red Cross office, and we'll get the paper work filled out, and we warmly welcome anyone that wants to help us," Gordon Stewart said.
A new volunteer with the Red Cross said, "This is my first day being at the American Red Cross as a volunteer. I'm looking forward to it. Cheri gave me a lot of information to go over this morning, but after I digest all the information I'm looking forward to being here. They're a good service both for disaster and for other situations that we have in our community."
We should all be aware of the latest forecasts for Tropical Storm Fay. Although this is not of the magnitude of Ivan or Katrina, it's a good chance for a practice run of our preparedness plans.
For the latest information on Fay, you can always turn to the Newscenter 11 Weather Team and the new online Hurricane Center.