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American Red Cross volunteers on standby for Hurricane Michael

(abc3340.com)

American Red Cross volunteers from East Alabama are waiting for the call to for disaster relief efforts once Hurricane Michael passes.

Chris Anderson with the American Red Cross Mid Alabama says the Red Cross is "leaning forward" meaning they are preparing to help with resources for those affected by Hurricane Michael.

The American Red Cross has set up centers for evacuees in Montgomery, Robertsdale, ad Ozark.

Will Battles, a Disaster Program Specialist with the Red Cross says this is his first time being deployed.

Battles is working inside the Montgomery center. He's helping with shelter operations.

Volunteers like Battles are helping with anything evacuees need like food, sleeping arrangements and other logistics.

As soon as the storm passes through and roads begin to open up, volunteers will begin with disaster relief efforts, heading further south.

"While I'm away supporting these disaster relief operations we do have volunteers back home in Etowah County and surrounding counties that are covering that area while I'm gone," Battles said. "We don't only respond to these large disasters. We respond to single family house fires on a daily basis."

Battles says many people in the Montgomery shelter are catching up on rest.

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