Red Cross Resting, Waiting for Ike

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- When Gustav forced thousands of people from their homes, the Red Cross of Central Alabama had its hands full.

"We had a steady stream of people coming by who had been here during Katrina," explained Jackie Buck, Chief Executive Officer.

Nearly 900 evacuees stayed in the Capital City and outlying areas.

Now, they're gone.  While many of the workers are resting, some still have their eyes on the Atlantic.

"You cant wish it on somebody else, but I sure hope it doesn't come through Alabama," Buck said.

The active hurricane season is straining the Red Cross.  Workers are still attending to Gustav's storm victims while at the same time preparing for Ike to tear through the Gulf.

"Our feeding vehicle is on standby with two drivers ready to go wherever they're needed, but we've been told to hold off until they see where Ike is going to land," Buck explained.

Projections have the hurricane headed our way--but not until late this week.

That gives workers a little time to train new volunteers and urge people to donate.

"Our disaster relief fund is at zero, and people think we dodged a bullet on this," Buck said.

NOTE: Locally, the Red Cross spent nearly $67,000 of its relief fund to help evacuees during their stay in the Montgomery area.