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Red Cross Assembles Emergency Workers in Case They're Needed for Hurricane Relief

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The American Red Cross is using Little Rock as the assembly point for emergency workers in case they're needed to help cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Dean's landfall.  As it stands now, the massive storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Yucatan Peninsula and then cross the Gulf of Mexico before striking the Mexican mainland again, well south of Texas.

But just in case the storm veers northward into the U.S., the Red Cross is gathering workers to help out.  The organization said in a news release yesterday that 100 emergency vehicles from 23 states, including two Red Cross workers accompanying each vehicle, are expected to arrive at Little Rock by late Monday.

The Red Cross said last night that more than 20 disaster action teams had already checked in to the agency's offices at Little Rock, coming from such places as Detroit; Birmingham, Alabama; Dayton, Ohio; and Oklahoma City.

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