Red Cross Remains in Louisiana Helping Flood Victims
For more than a month, thousands of American Red Cross disaster workers have been helping people in Louisiana impacted by the devastating flooding.
The Red Cross provided emergency assistance immediately in the form of shelter, food and comfort, and is still in Louisiana making sure people get the help they need as they plan their next steps. Since the flooding began, more than 4,600 Red Cross workers from every state in the country and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have:
“One month ago, we launched a massive relief operation across much of Louisiana. We’ve served over a million meals and snacks – enough food for 14 times the number of people who attended the last Super Bowl. We’ve also provided more than 78,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters – more than the number of overnight stays we provided during Superstorm Sandy,” reported Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “One month in, a lot of great progress has been made, but this operation isn’t over, and we won’t leave while people in Louisiana still need our help.”
Every day more people are leaving shelters in Louisiana as they find more suitable housing. However, several hundred people are still in shelters and the Red Cross is working with partners and agencies to find them more suitable housing. Some of the people staying in shelters who can’t return home due to flooding damage are being helped through government programs, which may include relocating survivors to hotels or other temporary housing solutions. Some shelter residents will be helped through other community programs.
Red Cross workers are connecting people in Louisiana to the critical services and resources they need to recover, including limited financial assistance for those who qualify. Several thousand households have already registered for this help.
To learn more about our work, or to join the Red Cross by volunteering or making a contribution, visit us online at redcross.org.
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.