As Tropical Storm Isaac moves north, the Red Cross is opening shelters in Florida and is prepared to respond to widespread flooding throughout the state. The Red Cross also is mobilizing disaster workers, emergency vehicles, mobile kitchens and relief supplies to the other Gulf Coast states as Isaac is expected to move into that area in the next few days. Dozens of Red Cross shelters are on stand-by throughout the region.
Highly-skilled volunteer disaster relief workers from Nebraska are traveling to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to help provide food, shelter, clothing, comfort and care to anyone affected by the storm as soon as they are needed. They will join the more than 1,000 other Red Cross volunteers standing by in Florida and the Gulf states.
All four Nebraska-based Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are traveling to Louisiana this afternoon, each with a two person volunteer crew. The ERV teams are capable of delivering water, food, supplies and comfort items in and near affected areas. At this time, a total of 15 other Red Cross volunteers have been recruited to travel to states in the path of the tropical storm to prepare for relief efforts. Even more deployments from the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region are expected in the coming hours and days.
HURRICANE APP If you have friends or loved ones in the path of the storm can download the new free Red Cross Hurricane App which puts real time information on hurricane safety at someone’s fingertips. The app 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. People across the country planning to travel to areas predicted to get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. 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
• Make a Financial Gift to Disaster Relief - Help us help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the recent spring floods and tornadoes, by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
• Donate Blood or Host A Blood Drive - Encourage employees to participate in community blood drives and/or host a blood drive on-site for both staff and customers. As a blood drive sponsor, you can help meet the blood needs of patients in your community and across the United States during this critical shortage of blood.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.