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Tennessee Ready To Help As Isaac Moves Inland

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SMYRNA, Tenn. - Dozens of military planes and helicopters have been brought to the mid-state as Isaac makes its way along the Gulf Coast.

The Smyrna Air Center in Rutherford County is now home to 80, US Navy and Marine Bell Helicopter Trainers, and 30 T6 Military trainers, all from Pensacola, Florida.

Hundreds of military pilots and workers came along with their equipment.

"Some of these helicopters had folks in the back as well. So they're all renting cars, filling up the hotels, filling up the restaurants and helping out the economy here in Smyrna and in surrounding areas," said Blake Tumbleson with Air Center Sales and Marketing.

Many local families like the Francois' from New Orleans, who own the Cupcake Collection in Nashville, said this time reminds them of seven years ago when many of their family members came to live with them here in Nashville.

TEMA said they are ready to send what is needed to our neighboring states.

"if Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia or Florida need more resources from Tennessee, then we have to look to see what is available and what we can send and if we can, we will send it," said Dean Flener with TEMA.

The local Red Cross has already sent eight volunteers from Tennessee to help in the Gulf Coast area.

The Memphis American Red Cross is being properly equipped with emergency response vehicles and mobile apps in case that happens. Volunteers are on standby to house families, if they are forced to evacuate.

Memphis has a contract with Louisiana to shelter "mandatory evacuees from New Orleans" in the event of a Category 3 hurricane.

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