The American Red Cross is on the ground in Alabama helping those affected by flooding and heavy rain. Preliminary damage reports for Jefferson and Shelby Counties indicate that approximately 100 homes were affected in some way. Red Cross volunteers will be further assessing the damage today. Red Cross volunteers will also be traveling through the affected neighborhoods today, via emergency response vehicles, to distribute meals and clean up items, including rakes, shovels, gloves, garbage bags, etc.
Three emergency shelters were open last night to help residents impacted by the flood by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on. Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, located at 1114 Oxmoor Road in Homewood, Ala., had an overnight population of 28 people. New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 5521 Double Oak Lane in Birmingham, Ala., had an overnight population of 0 (zero). Pelham Civic Center, located at 500 Amphitheater Road in Pelham, Ala., had an overnight population of 0 (zero). Due to zero overnight populations at New Hope Church and Pelham Civic Center, those two shelters will now be placed on standby.
To find an open Red Cross shelter, people can visit www.redcross.org/shelter or download the Red Cross Shelter Finder App for iOS. People can also contact their emergency management office for help locating a shelter.
The American Red Cross recently launched a free new Flood App that gives information about what to do before, during, and even after a flood. The app is designed to give iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphone users instant access to local and real-time information. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. Visit redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps/flood for more information.
Members of the community who wish to help future disaster victims can make a tax-deductible donation to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. People can help those affected by severe weather and other emergencies by making a financial donation to the American Red Cross. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/alabama.