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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – While coastal residents pack up and flee in the face of Isaac, North Texans are packing up and heading toward the storm.

Fork lifts swirl around the floor of FEMA’s massive Fort Worth warehouse with large palettes of supplies. Since Thursday, they have loaded more than 130 18-wheelers and sent them toward the Gulf Coast.

“They’ve been going to states like Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,” said FEMA spokesman Daniel Llargues. “We’re taking water.  We’re taking cots, ready-meals. They’re going to be prestaged away from the storm.”

American Medical Response is moving toward the coast, too. 40 ambulances are carrying medical supplies, oxygen and wheelchairs to staging areas in Louisiana.

“It’s all about preparation, just in case,” said Ted Van Horne, the CEO of American Medical Response. “There’s a tremendous amount of flooding they’re expecting. And it’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure you have all the health care and ambulances there if you need it.”

In Grand Prairie, volunteers for the non-profit, Christian group World Vision spent the day packing emergency food kits. 1000 packages with several meals each will leave their main warehouse tomorrow.

They’ll also send water, clothes and shoes.  Volunteers can only imagine who might receive the supplies and hope their efforts here help someone elsewhere.

“You want to know their story,” said Desirae Hernandez, an 18 year old volunteer. “You want to know what happens. You want to know if they make it and what happens after.  You want to see that person smile. You want to know there’s another life you just saved.”

To find out how to volunteer or donate to World Vision: www.worldvision.org

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