ATLANTA, Wednesday, March 23, 2016— The American Red Cross has hundreds of disaster workers on the ground in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi helping the thousands of people still trying to recover from the ongoing widespread flooding in those states.
“We need the public’s support now,” said Terri Badour Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own to these floodwaters. The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by this disaster and other emergencies big and small.”
Currently, 34 Red Cross volunteers from Georgia have been sent to flood impacted areas to assist with relief and recovery, including 7 volunteers from the Metro-Atlanta area.
HOW TO HELP Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own in this flooding. Some areas are still inaccessible and the preliminary reports of approximately 2,800 homes destroyed or severely damaged across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas could rise. The Red Cross response is just beginning. We will be there in the coming weeks as we help those affected begin to recover from the flooding.
Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
RED CROSS RESPONSE The Red Cross continues to operate shelters and provide meals for those affected. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Disaster health volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. In some areas, multi-agency resource centers are available where representatives of various local agencies can assist impacted residents in the coming days with information, basic needs and referrals to programs and services.
Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may provide direct financial support to people who need extra help.
As of March 23 more than 1,500 Red Cross workers working alongside partners have provided 4,000 overnight stays in 60 shelters; served 170,000 meals and snacks; distributed 70,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies; and provided 4,800 health and mental health consultations since the flooding began.
“The Red Cross is helping people right now with emergency needs such as shelter and meals and caseworkers are helping those affected with recovery planning,” said Regional Disaster Officer, Eric Corliss. “We will continue to support them in the weeks to come as they begin to plan their next steps.”