Dayton American Red Cross braces for Irma

The American Red Cross serving Central Texas opened a shelter to flood victims at Parker Lane United Methodist Church Sunday, May 29, 2016. (KXAN File Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– The Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross has been busy aiding relief efforts in Texas.

Now, they are preparing to handle hurricane Irma as it prepares to make landfall.

Right now there are 20 volunteers from the Dayton Red Cross helping those in Texas.

Currently the Red Cross has about 2,000 people working in both Texas and Louisiana.

Here in Dayton, the chapter expects more of their volunteers to make the trip down south. However, as Texas begins to recover, a category 5 hurricane is set to make landfall late this week.

“We are watching that on a daily basis. Trying to stage our efforts where they need to be, depending on where that landfall might happen. It complicates the disaster relief operation as a whole. But we are ready and willing to take care of it, if and when it makes landfall and where,” said Cory Paul, the Executive Director of the Dayton Red Cross.

Paul adds that this situation isn’t new. They frequently manage multiple disasters while also aiding their local chapters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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