Tropical Storm Karen is expected to hit the Gulf Coast this weekend and the Red Cross is preparing to respond across five states.
The Red Cross is mobilizing trained workers, supplies and equipment to help if needed. Shelter locations are being identified and all emergency response vehicles from Louisiana to Georgia are on alert. Dozens of trailers filled with cots, blankets, comfort kits and kitchen supplies are also in the area, ready to move in if necessary. The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate potential response efforts.
Storm watches and warnings are posted for communities across the Gulf Coast as the storm nears, predicted to bring 60 mph winds, coastal storm surges and four to eight inches of rain. The Red Cross urges people in the path of the storm to prepare for severe weather now in case their community is affected.
GET READY People in the path of the storm should get ready now by taking the following steps:
HURRICANE APP Those in the path of the storm can download the free Red Cross Hurricane App which puts real time information on hurricane and tropical storm safety at someone’s fingertips. The app, also available in Spanish, features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to let family and friends know they are okay. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
HOW TO HELP As Tropical Storm Karen nears the Gulf Coast, the Red Cross is also on alert to respond if needed to heavy snow in the west, dangerous fire conditions in California and severe weather in the plains. To do so, we need the continued support of the public to help those in need.