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Louisiana Flooding: Needs Grow

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The immediate focus in Louisiana is on feeding and sheltering thousands of people, so we’re recruiting volunteers who can best help with that.

ATLANTA – August 16, 2016 — Some 40 American Red Cross disaster workers from Georgia are among the more than 1,000 from all 50 states and Puerto Rico who are helping Louisiana residents with a safe place to stay and food to eat despite challenging conditions. This number continues to grow as more local volunteers adjust their schedules for a two-week deployment in coming days.

"Today, the greatest need was for nurses and bulk distribution volunteers,” said Victoria Hamrick, Georgia’s Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager, whose job is to match trained disaster volunteers from our state with the variety of workforce needs of large national relief operations. “The immediate focus in Louisiana is on feeding and sheltering thousands of people so we’re recruiting volunteers who can best help with that.” 

Monday night, more than 8,400 people sought refuge in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. Along with volunteers, the Red Cross also mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles – 5 from Georgia, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies. The Disaster Field Supply Center in Union City, Georgia, one of 5 strategically placed Red Cross warehouses in the country, has shipped 11 trailers of supplies since Sunday.  See more about the Red Cross response here.

The current flooding in Louisiana is considered the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation estimated to cost 30 million dollars or more.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER To become a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP TO REACH LOVED ONES Residents of the affected areas can connect with their loved ones by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Emergency App, which is free, and can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps. The app also features emergency alerts as well as locations of shelters.

People can also visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and private way that friends and family connect. The site also allows people to update their status on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; 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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.