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Prepare For Isaac as Storm Marches Inland

Families and individuals need to stay informed

The American Red Cross urges people who live in the path of Isaac’s rains and winds to finish their storm preparations now. Isaac is expected to continue its march inland, threatening communities farther to the north that have yet to experience the impact of the storm.

Families and individuals need to stay informed on the storm’s progress from the National Weather Service and listen to the advice of local emergency officials. If asked to evacuate, they should do so immediately, avoiding flooded roads and washed out bridges. If time permits, people should check and restock or replace disaster supplies, and fill their vehicle’s gas tanks.

Residents should also bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind such as lawn furniture and bicycles, and close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. In place of hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood. If asked to shelter in place, people should remain in their homes until conditions improve. If possible, keep cell phones charged and have extra batteries available for flashlights.

If people need to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.

The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices puts real time information on storm safety at people’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 tell family and friends they are okay. Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

POWER OUTAGES Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and more are expected to be in the dark as the storm moves north. If power outages occur, people should:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • For possible prolonged power outages, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home or any partially enclosed space.
  • FLOOD SAFETY Isaac is causing major flooding. People should continue listening to weather reports for the latest updates on the storm and stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding even after the storm has passed. If flooding occurs, people should:

  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly.
  • If a flood or flash flood warning is issued, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters and flooded roads. Be especially cautious at night.
  • TORNADO THREAT Isaac is also spawning tornadoes throughout the region. If a tornado threatens, people should:

  • Pick a safe room in their home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. If people can get to a sturdy shelter or vehicle, they should abandon their mobile home immediately. Do not wait until they can see the tornado. Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using seat belts if driving.
  • If someone is caught outdoors, they should seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If they cannot quickly walk to a shelter, they should immediately get into their vehicle and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • More information on what to do before, during and after a storm is available in the preparedness section of this website.

    HOW TO HELP The Red Cross has launched a massive relief operation in response to Isaac and will be helping affected communities for weeks. And after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched – costs are growing by the hour. People can click or text to donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.