As people living along the Gulf Coast brace for Tropical Storm Barry, area first responders are deploying.
Samuel Pierre, a Palm Springs resident, is one of 11 Red Cross workers from the South Florida region who left for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Pierre says he only received a 24-hour notice of the deployment.
He’ll serve as an operations management supervisor working with local governments and community agencies addressing the needs of people impacted by the storm. ”Water, cleanup kits - anything you can imagine. And also if there’s a need for mental or spiritual help we can also provide that," he said before leaving
Pierre estimates he and others will be assisting the people along the Gulf Coast for approximately two weeks.