Local crews heading into Tropical Storm Harvey

Posted at 11:16 PM, Aug 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 23:16:06-04

Trey Anderson of Baltimore is a brand new Red Cross volunteer. His first national deployment will be to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help with Tropical Storm Harvey. He's cleared his schedule for the next 2 weeks and flies out early Monday morning.

"People have no homes, no cars, they lost all their property, pictures," says the 26-year-old, "You can come down there, help out. Even in 5 minutes, you can help out and see a smile, change their whole mood."

Anderson is not alone. The Red Cross has deployed almost 100 local volunteers so far, a number organizers say is likely to rise. Across the storm's path, the organization says its already helped 1,800 people.

"We'll be setting up shelters, providing them with meals throughout the day, helping them find family members," Anderson said.

The Red Cross says it's working with enough supplies to support 28,000 people on the Gulf Coast.

Maryland crews are also entering the ongoing search and rescue mission in Houston, as rising flood waters continue to trap people in cars and in homes.

Sunday evening, FEMA sent water teams from Montgomery County's Maryland Task Force 1, along with several other crews across the country.