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Red Cross Helps as Winter Strikes Again

Winter
Flooding possible as temperatures warm.

The American Red Cross is helping people across several states impacted by the latest blast of winter and preparing to respond to flooding if necessary as temperatures warm and the heavy snow pack melts.

Red Cross workers opened numerous shelters in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Mississippi to help residents impacted by the storm where people could also get meals and health and mental health services.

FLOODING POSSIBLE Temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s and 60s next week, bringing the potential for flooding to many regions as the snow cover melts. People who live in areas prone to flooding should listen to their local media for possible flood warnings and follow these Red Cross safety steps:

  • If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for someone’s area, they should head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters whether walking or driving
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Pack a disaster kit including a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food for each person in the household and items such as a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items, cell phones and chargers, extra cash and copies of important papers.
  • More information on flooding safety is available in the preparedness section of this web site.

    PLEASE GIVE BLOOD

    The winter weather is also impacting Red Cross blood collections. Since February 1, more than 820 Red Cross blood drives in 27 states were canceled because of inclement weather, resulting in more than 27,800 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Eligible blood and platelet donors who live in areas where it is safe to travel are encouraged to make an appointment to give now. Those in areas affected by severe weather are asked to make and keep appointments when it is safe to do so. Donors with blood types O negative, A negative and B negative are especially needed and are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.

    HOW TO HELP

    You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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