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American Red Cross Prepares For Possible Flooding

On Thursday afternoon American Red Cross volunteers brought a change of clothes to the Burlington office.

On Thursday afternoon American Red Cross volunteers brought a change of clothes to the Burlington office.

"We're trying to do whatever we can so wherever the storm may hit worse, we're ready to go," said American Red Cross spokesperson Doug Bishop.

With a lot of rain expected to hit our area, members organized by phone and computer.

The Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley Region has 60 people on standby.

Vehicles and equipment are loaded.

They also have shelters ready to open up, if an area needs it.

"If communities are without power or communities are cut off or a number of people are displaced by rising waters, that might dictate where we open a shelter," said Bishop.

Bishop says it's not just about his organization getting prepared.

"We're really hoping that individual homeowners will take steps as well," said Bishop.

Bishop says before the storm arrives have supplies ready, including a flashlight and all important medications.

He says during the storms try to watch the news and if flooding happens, move carefully to higher ground.

For Bishop this drill seems to be happening a lot lately.

"Makes me think of the May 2011 flooding. Between 11pm and 2am we opened 5 shelters in Central Vermont. So that sort of thing is what may or may not happen," said Bishop.

American Red Cross leaders in New York's North Country say they're also ready to go.

Across Upstate New York there are more than 500 volunteers ready to help.

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