LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Food banks are getting food, water and supplies ready to go wherever they might be needed as Tropical Storm Isaac moves closer to Florida.
People at the Harry Chapin Food Bank say they're prepared for the worst. The warehouse is full of food and disaster relief supplies. It's a year-round effort to prepare for situations like this, that can arise in a matter of days.
Disaster relief packs contain Ensure and Pediasure nutrition shakes, Pedialyte, nutrition bars, as well as other staple food items. The food bank also has two mobile pantry trucks that can travel around town to distribute food where it's needed.
Harry Chapin Food Bank itself also has to be ready. All the trucks are fueled, generators are ready to go, and pallets are barricading the doors.
"The Harry Chapin Food Bank handles disasters every day," Food Resourcing Manager Chris Robinson said. "We have emergency food that needs to go out on a daily basis, so we are pretty well-equipped with this. As far as anything that is related to hurricanes, we get started really early. We start these things in March, doing run-throughs, and making sure so that before the season hits, we have any bugs worked out."
Robinson said they learned a lot of lessons from Hurricane Charley. Enough, that they feel confident they could handle even a category 5 hurricane.