The American Red Cross is deploying 13 Colorado-based volunteers to help staff Red Cross shelters for evacuees from Hurricane Isaac.
Three Western-slope residents deployed Monday and Tuesday, and 10 more volunteers from the Denver-metro area and Grand Junction are flying out today. The volunteers are flying into Houston for deployment to shelters near the Texas/Louisiana border, where they will serve for up to three weeks supporting the shelters.
The deployment includes a group of six volunteers who are organized into a pilot “shelter team.” This pilot project is testing the concept of building teams of shelter workers from the same community who know each other, have trained together and work together on a regular basis, and who then deploy together as a team rather than as individuals. The team consists of a shelter supervisor and five shelter workers.
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.
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 six states, and many more people are expected to come to shelters today. If people need to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
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. People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
By the numbers:
• About 2,700 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States have deployed to the Gulf region to help.
• We have 311,000 ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers in the area. In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day prepositioned alongside the Red Cross.
• Across the Gulf Coast, 187 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are ready to move in to serve meals and distribute relief items once it’s safe to do so.
• The Red Cross already has trailers of relief supplies pre-positioned in the area and has sent thousands of additional supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
• We are working closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response. Some of these partners include AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, NAACP and the National Baptist Convention USA.
Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by either downloading the Red Cross Hurricane App and using the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social media accounts, or 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. It also provides important safety information and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm.
The Red Cross Safe and Well website is secure and people can register by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.
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 ColoradoRedCross.org, follow us on twitter (@redcrossdenver) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.