Arizona Red Cross volunteers are now stationed in the southeast, ready to go wherever they’re needed.
Nearly a dozen volunteers left Sky Harbor early Tuesday morning. At one point, they flew into a band of the hurricane to get to Tallahassee, Florida.
The crew will fan out from there to wherever help is needed.
Idalia is now a tropical storm making its way into Georgia and North and South Carolina. But, not before leaving behind a mess in Florida.
The volunteers could end up in any one of those states.
They'll assess the situation quickly and get people help in a hurry.
From necessities like food and shelter, but also beds, soap and shampoo, and shaving kits.
They'll be setting up shelters, and that's what Frank Lagorio from Mesa does best. It's a lot like what he did in the private sector as a project manager.
"When I was working, I was working as a project manager a lot of times. I would kind of parachute into a situation, and I had to figure out what it was, how to fix it, and I find for me, this is a lot like work in that sense because I know how to do it," he said.
He says several buildings are predetermined as shelters for emergencies like this.
The standard commitment for volunteers is two weeks, but volunteers are often asked to stay longer.
Here's a link if you want to donate to hurricane relief efforts: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricaneidalia.html/