The American Red Cross is responding to several emergencies across the country as Tropical Storm Hermine heads into Texas, an uncontained wildfire in Colorado is forcing people from their homes, and several fires over the holiday weekend displaced residents of Savannah, Georgia.
“Last week we responded to Hurricane Earl up and down the East Coast,” said Joe Becker, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “Even though Hurricane Earl has dissipated and is no longer a threat, we continue to respond to emergencies such as Tropical Storm Hermine and the wildfire in Colorado. The Red Cross has trained disaster workers and relief supplies in position before an emergency strikes. We urge people to be prepared by taking three easy steps – build an emergency kit, make a disaster plan, and be informed about what emergencies are common to their area.”
Tropical Storm Hermine crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas early today and was expected to drop four to eight inches of rain across the southern portion of the state. Significant flooding is possible for portions of the Nueces Basins, the lower Rio Grande, and Texas Hill County basins. Red Cross chapters are working with state and local government agencies and are prepared to respond to any flooding in the area. If you live in an area which could be affected by the storm’s heavy rain, there are flooding preparedness steps listed on the Red Cross web site which you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe
In Boulder County, Colorado, the Fourmile Fire has burned over 3,500 acres and destroyed dozens of structures. The fire is threatening hundreds of homes and mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the area. Red Cross chapters in the state are sheltering those in need of a safe place to stay, and providing refreshments to emergency responders and those affected by the wildfire. Wildfires can spread very quickly. If you reside in the area, visit www.redcross.org for information on what you should do to be prepared should the fire threaten your neighborhood.
The Red Cross also responded to two weekend fires in Savannah, offering shelter to those affected by fires which hit two different apartment complexes. More than 20 people took refuge in the shelters after fire destroyed their residences.
To make a financial donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by these disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.