San Antonio Red Cross is dispatching five of their Emergency Response Vehicles to a staging area in Orange Texas, where they will wait to move into Louisiana to aid Issac storm victims.
"They obviously can't go into Louisiana right now until this storm settles down a little bit, but they're going to be joining other Emergency Response Vehicles. They'll be utilized for food, for passing out comfort kits, clean up kits, whatever is needed," said Jack Pike, Regional Emergency Services Director for the Southwest Division of Red Cross.
Each ERV that is designated as a food truck can feed around 300 plus people, which could come in handy to the thousands of Louisiana evacuees.
"If they're hauling supplies it would just depend on what it is. There's a weight limit as far as you can't put four pallets of water on one of these. Usually if they're carrying water we can do two pallets, and clean up kits are like brooms and mops and things like that. So, they're really unlimited because if we need to put more on we just go out and rent a box truck," said Pike.
Four of the divisions ERVs left Wednesday, and the remaining one left Thursday after it underwent a few maintenance repairs. The San Antonio Red Cross vehicles will be five of around 30 or so ERVS from across the state looking to lend a helping hand.
"You know because this is such a widespread storm, some of the East coast vehicles are working Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. So, the Texas vehicles are going East to help out with Louisiana or wherever else is needed," said Pike.
Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it was making its way over southeast Louisiana.