The first of what may be many Red Cross volunteers from Iowa leaves around noon for the East Coast, where four-million people are without power and at least 14 people died in Hurricane Isabel, now a tropical storm. Bob Inman, of Grinnell, is flying to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he’ll serve as a chapter liaison, working with other Red Cross chapters in the storm’s path.the 68-year-old Inman says he’s been well-trained by the agency to handle disaster situations.While Inman has worked both as a volunteer and a paid-staffer for the Red Cross over 40 years, he says every disaster, from tornadoes to floods, is different and has its own set of challenges. He encourages Iowans who’d like to help to contact their local Red Cross chapter.Airline officials urge Iowans to check the status of their flights before leaving for the airport. Hundreds of flights to and from the East Coast have been canceled, having a ripple effect on airports in Iowa and across the nation.
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