Hurricane Irene is predicted to be the largest storm to hit the East Coast in 70 years.  A hurricane watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast and the Red Cross has opened shelters as evacuation orders go into effect. The American Red Cross has deployed 200 vehicles and are heading towards the coast to help people in the path of the hurricane. East Texas Red Cross chapters are among those preparing to leave for the coast to help as well.  Red Cross of Smith County will set up aide in the Carolina's with the  Red Cross of Gregg County heading towards New York.


"The Red Cross is moving volunteers, vehicles and supplies, getting ready for a response effort that spans nearly the entire East Coast," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "While we're getting ready at the Red Cross, we want everyone in the storm's path to get ready as well by getting a disaster kit, making a family emergency plan, and listening to local officials regarding evacuations."

It's important that those affected by the storm stay in contact with loved ones and the Red Cross Safe and Well website can help them do that. Safe and Well is a secure, easy-to-use online tool to help families connect in an emergency. People can register by visiting the Red Cross web site or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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