As Hurricane Isaac hammers communities along the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross is responding across multiple states with food, shelter and emotional support. Twenty-six Red Cross workers from the Puget Sound area have deployed or are in the process of deploying to provide support.
The Red Cross is focused on people’s emergency needs. Last night more than 5,200 people stayed in nearly 80 Red Cross or community shelters in six states. More people are expected tonight.
The local volunteers will join 2,700 specially trained Red Cross disaster workers from across United States who have deployed to the Gulf region. They are supporting shelters, food operations, disaster assessment, basic first aid, mental health support and other disaster relief activities. Additional volunteers may deploy in the coming days.
“Our thoughts are with everyone along the Gulf Coast,” said Randy Hutson, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “We are grateful to our local volunteers and staff who are selflessly giving their time and expertise.”
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to www.redcross.org or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media—radio, newspaper and television—to find out where local shelters are located.
REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Schoo, 206.802.5499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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.