By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the threat that Tropical Storm Isaac will make landfall in Florida in the next few days, some specially trained American Red Cross disaster workers from the Philadelphia area have been deployed to the area.

So far, one Red Cross director of emergency services from the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter and ten volunteers have been called in — with the possibility of others from our area to follow.

“There are absolutely more people in the pipeline,” says Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  “Leo Pratt, our director of emergency services, is going to go assess the situation and help make a determination on what the need is and what particular skills are required, and he will be calling back for volunteers.”

Dozens of emergency shelters are being set up.

For those who have loved ones in the potential path of a tropical storm or hurricane, the Red Cross reminds the public of its free app, which presents weather information in real time.  Details are at

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