People in the Southwest and East Coast received assistance this week from the American Red Cross as communities were affected by flooding.
In Arizona and Virginia, the Red Cross opened shelters for those impacted by the flood, distributed relief items and continue to connect shelter residents with resources to recover from the flood.
Red Cross chapters in the affected areas are standing ready to assist in the coming days as the forecast calls for more possible flash flooding and severe weather across the country this week.
Floods can occur anywhere, and the Red Cross wants people to know what steps they should take if their home is threatened with the possibility of flooding. Some floods develop slowly, but flash floods can develop in just a few minutes.
If flooding is threatening your neighborhood, you should:
Knowing what to do after a flood is important. Return home only when officials tell you the area is safe. Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, cracks in the home’s foundation or other damage. If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
Download the free Red Cross Flood App for information on what to do before, during and after a flood and to receive location-based NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings.
More information on how to respond if flooding threatens your neighborhood is available in the preparedness section of redcross.org.