Lufkin emergency volunteers racing to New York ahead of Hurricane Irene

American Red Cross Volunteers, Dale and Lynda Slagle
American Red Cross Volunteers, Dale and Lynda Slagle

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Families all along the Eastern seaboard are preparing for an unwelcome weekend house guest, Hurricane Irene.

Volunteers from East Texas are on their way to New York ahead of the storm.

The American Red Cross in Lufkin got the call for help Thursday afternoon.

Emergency response vehicle 2186 is on its way with supplies, and volunteers who are no strangers to disaster.

Dale and Lynda Slagle are only into their 26 hour journey to Middleton, New York.

Hurricane Irene will mark the second time the retired nurses are being dispatched.

"I'm very excited that the ERV gets to go, and we get volunteers that have this opportunity to serve on a big disaster relief operation. But, a little mixed because it is hurricane season, and Lufkin seems to have our share of hurricane evacuations, said American Red Cross Branch Manager, Glenna Harkness.

"It makes you feel good when you can help somebody, whether you get thanked or not. You know you've done some good, and you turn around and help the next one," said American Red Cross volunteer, Dale Slagle.

We're told around 200 similar response units are being dispatched.

You might remember the Slages from a our story on their service during the Alabama tornado aftermath.