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Response to Typhoon Dolphin, Severe Weather on Mainland

Tornadoes

The American Red Cross is helping people in the Mariana Islands as Typhoon Dolphin bears down on the region with strong winds, rain and high seas.

The islands in harm’s way include Guam, a United States territory, and Saipan, Tinian and Rota which make up a U.S. Commonwealth.

More than 940 people spent Thursday night in Red Cross-supported shelters on the islands to escape the 110 mph winds, almost a foot of rain and 20-foot seas that the typhoon is bringing to the area. The shelters are equipped with generators as the power is turned off to avoid fires on the islands during a storm.

The Red Cross is working with local officials and has arrangements to distribute food and relief supplies after the storm if needed. More than 50,000 shelf stable meals will be available and Red Cross workers on the islands and Hawaii are working together to determine what help people will need. More Red Cross workers are standing by to move into the region when it is safe.

SEVERE WEATHER Meanwhile, back in the continental U.S., more than 50 people affected by the ongoing severe weather spent Thursday night in shelters in Oklahoma and Texas. Weather experts say more severe weather could move through the region over the weekend and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation to respond if needed. With more storms possible, people should download the new Red Cross Emergency app to receive safety alerts about storms in their area.

Red Cross workers in several states are providing shelter and food, cleaning supplies, health and mental health services, helping with damage assessment and meeting with families to help plan their next steps. Emergency response vehicles are traveling through the affected areas, bringing people food and relief supplies and Resource Centers are also open where people can come to be helped by multiple organizations. In the days and weeks ahead, the Red Cross will also be providing health services and emotional support as residents begin to recover from the storms.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Nearly every second of every day, the Red Cross delivers help and hope. And we couldn’t be there without the generous support of the American public. On June 2, join the American Red Cross for our inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign to support those in need in communities across the country. Together, let’s go “all in” and make one day count. Schedule your donation today for Giving Day at redcross.org/givingday. You can also help build awareness by using the hashtag #allin1day on Twitter and Facebook.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.