Another Red Cross volunteer from Maui County is headed to the Gulf Coast region to aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Issac.
Lester Keanini of Molokai was part of a four-member contingent from Hawaii to leave Wednesday night for Houston and the Texas Red Cross staging area. The other volunteers were from Oahu and Kauai, the Hawaii Red Cross said.
The four will join 13 other Hawaii volunteers who left for the region Tuesday night. That group included four Mauians.
One of the four, Michele Liberty, Maui Red Cross county director, said: "The mood of the volunteers is anticipation," a Red Cross news release said.
"Everyone is waiting for their assignment, ready to work and from the look of things, it looks like there's a lot of work to be done," she said. "We are seeing a lot of local businesses closed but haven't reached the parts hardest hit yet. We know a lot of people have been evacuated and electricity is sporadic."
Liberty is a member of one of 22 shelter teams that left Texas for Lafayette, La., on Thursday, and will be driving to Baton Rouge.
"We'll be staying in a staff shelter at a church and then getting our assignments," Liberty said.
Over the last three days, the Hawaii Red Cross has deployed 19 volunteers to support relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Red Cross is providing thousands of people with food, shelter and other emergency services. The agency is focused now on people's emergency needs and is starting to move more volunteers, equipment and supplies into communities as the storm passes, the news release said.
The cost of the Red Cross response to Isaac is not yet determined but is estimated at tens of millions of dollars, the news release said.
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