As we reach the height of hurricane season this August and September, the warm weather and especially warm water that help feed hurricanes and tropical storms might travel farther up the East coast than in recent years. To prepare, the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is participating with Red Cross chapters across the nation in a new disaster relief fundraising drive.
“We anticipate many severe hurricanes throughout the country. In our local area, coastal flooding could be an issue of concern, consequently the need for people to evacuate their homes if flooding or power outages occur,” said Frederica Doeringer, Executive Director of the Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 3-to-7 major hurricanes this year. Major hurricanes are those Category 3, 4 and 5 storms that do the most damage – such as Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita and Wilma with winds of over 100 miles per hour.
These predictions bear an eerie resemblance to the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, when multiple major hurricanes, including Katrina, struck the U.S. More than 35 million people live in regions vulnerable to Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.
This year, instead of waiting for a disaster to strike and then asking for money, we are raising the money now to improve our readiness and reduce our borrowing for disaster response. Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters. Every single donation brings hope to those in need.
According to Doeringer, “we recommend to all families and businesses to take the time now to be prepared with emergency supplies and to make a plan.” The American Red Cross has created a useful Hurricane Safety Checklist, which is available for download on our website (www.northeastmassredcross.org) and is also an enclosure attached with this release for the media.
There is no other non-governmental organization that can respond to disasters on the size and scale of
the Red Cross – but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready. And we work hard to
be excellent stewards of these donor dollars.