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Local Red Cross volunteers head to the Gulf Coast

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As Tropical Storm Isaac eyes the Gulf Coast, volunteers from all over Wisconsin are packing up and heading down.

"It makes me feel good to be able to help," said Laurel Cooper.

Carol Miller of Rhinelander and Laurel Cooper of Merrill left for Alabama on Monday, ready to help people before and after the storm.

"Whether it be giving them snacks and water, clean up kits or just a shoulder to cry on," said Cooper.

For these ladies, it's about doing whatever it takes to help.

"Be willing to do what needs to be done, even if it's not in your field," said Carol Miller.

Together, making a difference in lives affected by Isaac's wrath.

"The spirit of coordination, cooperation and teamwork," said Miller.

Nancy Uerling is another Red Cross volunteer, from the town of Gleason.

She's a retired Registered Nurse and she's stationed in Tampa Bay to help treat volunteers.

"I'll be deployed for two weeks and if they need additional help because of the storm, I can stay longer," said Uerling.

She said it's something she knew she wanted to do because she knows others would do the same for her family.

"If a tornado came and nobody else was needed to protect them, the Red Cross would be there," said Uerling.

With shelters set up along the Gulf Coast and a path that seems to change hourly, Uerling said they're prepared to move.

"There's always a possibility that they'll tell us to pick up and move closer to where the storm is going to hit," said Uerling.

These ladies said, they're in it until the job is done.

As Isaac sets his eye somewhere in the gulf.

Out of the three women, two said their husbands are also volunteers in the Red Cross.

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