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Jan 16, 2010 12:56 AM by Monica Quintero

Local Red Cross prepared for flooding

Strong storms are forecasted for the Central Coast beginning on Sunday and that has a lot of people worried about flooding. The Santa Barbara County chapter of the American Red Cross says they're prepared. A spokesperson says they have shelter trailers strategically set up throughout the county. She also says they have the capability to open within 30 minutes and accommodate at least 200 people immediately.

Kristiana Kocis with the Red Cross said, "We also work with our partner agencies so if we do have to evacuate, we all know how to work together to respond accordingly and effectively to such a disaster. This happens months and even years before this sort of a weather storm comes towards the Central Coast." In addition, volunteers simulate scenarios like flooding throughout the year so they know how to respond.

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