Va. Red Cross volunteers head to Gulf Coast

Posted at 9:07 PM, Aug 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-27 21:33:43-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--They were put on alert last Thursday, and Monday morning the call came.

Within hours, volunteers from across Virginia were loading up the 13 Red Cross emergency response vehicles and getting behind the wheel for a 17 hour trip to the Gulf Coast.

Those from central Virginia are expected to arrive to Port Allen, Louisiana in the next two days, where they will help with a feeding program in the aftermath of Isaac.

The ERV's, as they are called by the Red Cross, can feed from 500 to 1000 people at one time.

They are the back bone of the Red Cross effort to get to feed those who were in the wake of a disaster.

Some of the volunteers understand just how critical an ERV can be, having seen them in action at previous disasters.

Along with sending the 13 vehicles, the central Virginia warehouse for the American Red Cross already sent 2,500 pre-packaged meals out on Sunday, with the potential to send another 2,500 in the next day or two.