Local relief groups on standby for Isaac help

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CINCINNATI - Volunteers with the Red Cross in the Tri-State are already in the Gulf to help victims of Hurricane Isaac.

Almost 30 local volunteers have already made the trip along with two Red Cross response vehicles.  They are joining 2,400 disaster workers helping to distribute 290,000 read-to-eat meals.

Even before Isaac made landfall, 800 people were reportedly spending the night in shelters.

Volunteers are on standby if more assistance is needed as the storm moves inland.

Also, Matthew 25 Ministries is ready to deploy more assistance to those areas impacted by the storm. Earlier this year, Matthew 25 sent disaster preparedness materials to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Those supplies included blankets, clothes and medical supplies.

According to the ministry group 350,000 people in Haiti are still living in tents from the 2010 earthquake.

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