Red Cross Opens First Central Alabama Shelter for Issac Evacuees


By Tamika Bickham

Gulf Coast residents continue to seek shelter from the storm. The first American Red Cross shelter in our area has opened to those fleeing from Hurricane Isaac.

It's all hands on deck. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, off Vaughn Road.

They are stocked with food and water, and anything else needed for a comfortable stay.

"We had about ten families that said 'hey I need some support, some type of assistance, somewhere to stay'," said Grover Henry, with the American Red Cross.

David Dorsey and his family sought shelter here from New Orleans, where they've lived all their life.

"The levees can contain a hurricane of a category one, so if it's a possibility to become a two, you have to leave cause the levees are not that strong enough, so you don't want to take that risk," said Dorsey.

With 20 minutes to pack, the aspiring musician brought the essentials.

"This is my music laptop and this one is business. This is the most important thing. This here is my mic stand," said Dorsey.

He says he won't let the same thing happen now, that happened to him seven years ago.

"Flashback of Katrina," he said, "When I came home, just in my front yard, everything that was inside my house was outside my yard. Everything just scattered everywhere. What I really wish I would've never lost is my baby pictures, birth certificate."

While he and his family are safe from the storm, there's no telling what they could return to on Thursday.

"Probably a lot of broken windows, the roof will need to be repaired," said Dorsey, "Just hopefully you could come back, because ain't no place like home."

Red Cross says they will continue to monitor the weather and how many people they have coming in to determine how long they will stay open.

If this shelter gets to 75 percent capacity, they have others on standby that they will open.

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