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Atlanta plays pivotal role as Isaac treks through Gulf

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FEMA's command center in Atlanta was at Level 2 activation on Sunday, August 26, 2012 as Isaac continues into the Gulf. FEMA's command center in Atlanta was at Level 2 activation on Sunday, August 26, 2012 as Isaac continues into the Gulf.
The Atlanta Red Cross is in Tampa preparing to respond to those who need help after Isaac passes (Courtesy: Ruben Brown, Atlanta Red Cross) The Atlanta Red Cross is in Tampa preparing to respond to those who need help after Isaac passes (Courtesy: Ruben Brown, Atlanta Red Cross)
The flight status boards at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport already show cancellations due to Isaac on Sunday, August 26, 2012 The flight status boards at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport already show cancellations due to Isaac on Sunday, August 26, 2012
ATLANTA -

Atlanta feels the brunt of any Atlantic storm in both response efforts and in travel.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating its response efforts for Isaac from Atlanta. Sunday evening, they were at a Level 2 activation which means not only do they have a nearly full staff at their command center, but they also are hosting several other Federal agencies to help coordinate.

FEMA says they already have teams on the ground in areas where Isaac could hit.

At Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, many flights to and from south Florida have already been canceled.

Airline officials say they are doing the same thing as FEMA right now. They are watching the storm track and preparing for the worst.

Spokespersons for Airtran, Delta, and Southwest airlines tell FOX 5 News that they have plans in place to waive fees and help travelers reach their destinations despite expected flight cancellations and service disruptions.

The airlines all have travel advisories on their websites which are being updates as conditions change. You can see those by going to their website:

Airtran: airtran.com
Delta: delta.com
Southwest: southwest.com

Passengers can also check Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport for flight delays and cancellations by going to atlanta-airport.com.

None of the airports in the storm's path have announced closures as of Sunday evening.

Ruben Brown with the Atlanta Red Cross says a thousand volunteers are in Florida to assist with Tropical Storm Isaac. He they are prepared to move with the storm.

According to Brown, they do not expect to be deployed to hard-hit areas until after the storm passes.

You can follow what the Atlanta chapter of the Red Cross is doing on Twitter at @atlantaredcross. For more information on how you can help visit atlantaredcross.org.

The FOX 5 Storm Chaser will be heading to Florida and will have live reports Monday beginning at 5 p.m.

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