Hurricane Isaac is hammering communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states – providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat.
Every hurricane is different, and with Isaac the threat to person and property has been flooding more than wind damage. To prepare for this event the Red Cross sent deployed its trained volunteers to ride out the storm and then be ready to serve others. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts has sent 20 volunteers – 15 before the storm made landfall – to help staff shelters and care for the wellbeing of those who are facing disaster.
But we need your help. This is a very large relief response that will last a long time. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched.
The Red Cross is focused now on people’s emergency needs – last night more than 5,200 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in 6 states and we expect many more people coming to shelters today.
As of Wednesday afternoon our region has sent the following volunteers to help staff shelters in the Gulf.
We have volunteers who are on alert and may deploy after it is safe to travel to the affected areas, should their specialties be needed.
After any large-scale disaster, many are moved to help. There are three ways you can help right now.
DONATE. The Red Cross has more volunteers, equipment and supplies poised ready to help people in the affected areas after the storm passes. Your investment in people and resources will help this large-scale effort.
GIVE BLOOD. Tropical Storm Isaac has already forced the cancellation of some blood drives along the Gulf Coast. Depending on the storm’s path, additional blood collections may be cancelled, causing a shortfall of blood in the affected areas. All eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by Isaac are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at redcrossblood.org today to schedule an appointment.
VOLUNTEER. We will train volunteers not only to respond to national-scale disasters but to help when our neighbors in Eastern Massachusetts face disaster. Be they single-family home fires or a large-scale hurricane response, your hands and heart are needed.