Local chapters of the American Red Cross sent several disaster service volunteers to help those displaced by Hurricane Isaac.

“To date the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage has deployed six disaster service volunteers to the Gulf, and a seventh was deployed from the Medina County chapter,” said Michael Taylor, American Red Cross’ communications specialist, Northeast Ohio Region.

“The majority of volunteers are involved in mass care, feeding and sheltering operations, but others are filling roles as IT specialists, government liaisons and disaster assessment specialists. Our chapter’s emergency response vehicle (ERV) was also deployed and driven to Tallahassee, Fla., by the volunteer from the Medina County chapter,” he said.

Taylor provided this sequence of the deployments:

•?Aug. 23, two volunteers to Tallahassee.

•?Aug. 24, one volunteer to Tallahassee.

•?Monday, two volunteers to Hattiesburg, Miss., and New Orleans.

•?Wednesday, two volunteers to Montgomery, Ala., and Baton Rouge, La.

“A total of 30 Red Cross disaster services volunteers have been deployed to the Gulf from across Northeast Ohio along with seven ERVs,” Taylor said.

The Red Cross has dispatched nearly 2,700 disaster workers from all over the country to assist in running shelters, serving meals and distributing relief items.

“The Red Cross has pre-positioned 311,000 ready-to-eat meals, kitchen support trailers and truckloads of relief supplies with clean-up and personal-hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, tarps and gloves,” Taylor noted.

“In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day staged across the Gulf Coast alongside the Red Cross. Just outside the storm area, 187 emergency response vehicles are ready to move into affected communities as soon as weather conditions allow.”

To donate to the hurricane relief effort, please consider making a monetary donation in the following ways:

•?Credit card. Please visit www.redcross.org and click on the Donate Funds link, or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

• Check or money order. Make payable to the American Red Cross and mail to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

•?By smartphone. You can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

According to Taylor, here’s the immediate impact of those donations:

•?$40 can supply lunch and dinner for a family of four for one day.

•?$50 can buy four days of supplies for an infant whose evacuated family is without basics like diapers, wipes and formula.

•?$100 can buy clean-up kits for five families whose homes have been damaged (a mop, broom, trash bags and cleaning supplies).