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:
More information on flooding safety is available in the preparedness section of this web site.
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.
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.