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Local Red Cross volunteers head to areas likely to be affected by Hurricane Matthew

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - As folks along the coast brace themselves for Hurricane Matthew's impact, volunteers across the country, as well as in the Tennessee Valley, are getting ready to help them.

Wednesday, four Red Cross of North Alabama volunteers made their way to Tallahassee, Florida, to help with recovery. It may sound odd, since the storm has yet to make landfall there, but it's all in an effort to be ready.

Red Cross of North Alabama volunteers returned from helping Baton Rouge flooding victims. They are now preparing to help with Hurricane Matthew relief. (Courtesy: Tom Braunshausen)

Red Cross of North Alabama volunteers returned from helping Baton Rouge flooding victims. They are now preparing to help with Hurricane Matthew relief. (Courtesy: Tom Braunshausen)

"They don't want to be right there where the hurricane's going to hit, but they're close to it," said disaster services volunteer Tom Braunshausen, "so, they can get there as quick as possible."

Braunshausen just returned from lending a hand with the Baton Rouge flooding.

Red Cross volunteers help with anything and everything, whether it's cleaning up debris or finding victims some much-needed medications.

Even more responders from north Alabama will be deployed to assist with Hurricane Matthew relief after it hits.

"Once the impact and the eye of the hurricane has moved," said disaster program specialist Linda Johnson, "then we will begin putting our volunteers out into the emergency response vehicles to start helping the aftermath of those who have been affected."

If you would like to become a Red Cross volunteer or help with Hurricane Matthew recovery, click here or here.