The American Red Cross is responding to flooding in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania while continuing to help people out west where wildfires continue to burn.
In Rhode Island, heavy rain led to flooding and forced residents of several apartment buildings to evacuate. Red Cross workers provided shelter, food and relief supplies to those affected. Heavy rains also saturated several counties in Pennsylvania and the Red Cross deployed damage assessment teams, distributed items to help with the clean-up and is working with evacuees to ensure they get the help they need.
Showers and thunderstorms are possible out west as well as across the Midwest and South today. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond if necessary.
If someone’s neighborhood is threatened by flooding, they should take the following steps:
Additional flood safety tips are available on this web site.
WILDFIRES Meanwhile wildfires are still burning across the western half of the country and weather conditions over the next few days won’t be of much help. Severe thunderstorms are forecast and dry lightning from the storms could cause more fires. Red flag warnings are up in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly.
Currently ten states are reporting large fires, including Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. One of the largest fires is the Rim Fire in California, where the American Red Cross continues to provide shelter for people forced out of their homes by the flames. The fire has consumed more than 235,000 acres and is the fourth largest fire in California history.
The largest fires have occurred in California, Utah and Idaho where as of Tuesday Red Cross workers have provided more than 990 shelter stays and served more than 24,000 meals and snacks for residents affected by the fire.
WILDFIRE SAFETY If wildfires are possible in someone’s community, they should listen to local officials and be ready to evacuate quickly. Safety steps include the following:
Pack an emergency disaster kit now including water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items, important papers and cell phones and chargers, extra cash and maps of the area. People can also download the free Red Cross Wildfire App to get the latest fire news from local, state and federal agencies as well as access to preloaded information about what to do before, during and after a wildfire. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. More information is available on this web site.