TAMPA BAY, Florida -- Before the American Red Cross can help people potentially affected by Issac, they have to prepare volunteers and shelters.

Four-hundredvolunteers have come from as far away as Alaska, with more expected over the next couple days. They're putting together shelter kits, monitoring Issac's path, and helping with decisions about where and when to open up shelters in schools, churches, and other locations. They serve a big region, going as far south as Charlotte County.

As volunteers coordinate the best way to help people impacted by Isaac, they say their own planning is only made better by yours.

"Expect a lot of flooding, and prepare now," says Janet McGuire with the American Red Cross' Tampa Bay Chapter. "We're going to have power outages, so make sure you have everything stocked up."

Volunteers and staff will be looking to alerts that you can get as well. You can download the free Red Cross Hurricane App onto your iPhone or Android. The app also provides shelter locations and other information you might need to get through a storm.

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