ATLANTA – December 27, 2015 — Despite bad weather slamming the state over a holiday week and weekend, the Red Cross of Georgia has been there, helping individuals and families in their darkest hours. With mandatory evacuations pending in Montgomery County, Red Cross workers have opened a shelter in Mt. Vernon Georgia. Additionally, a safe shelter location is open in Oglethorpe. Volunteers are currently supporting 100 families across the region with emergency essentials and clean-up kits.
Heavy, steady rain and gusty winds forecast for communities already experiencing saturated ground heighten the concern for storm damage and flash floods from water along streams or low-lying areas. As rivers crest and new flooding threatens, Red Cross of Georgia is working closely with local emergency partners and volunteers who are prepared to respond as needed statewide.
“The Red Cross is there, and we're there for the long haul," said Eric Corliss, Georgia Regional Disaster Officer. "Severe weather is expected to impact more communities this week, and we’re urging residents not to let their guard down. We want to be there to help them through it - not only today and tomorrow but in the days to come."
In anticipation of severe weather, disaster specialists are monitoring potential threats from strong isolated thunderstorms expected across the region, as well as areas prone to flooding through mid-week. Teams are ready to provide safe lodging, food, health and emotional support.
Red Cross has opened the following shelters:
Old Junior High Gym
500 Macon St.
OGLETHORPE, GA 31068
Montgomery County High School
701-C Dobbins St.
MOUNT VERNON, GA 30445
FLOOD SAFETY TIPS
People living in communities threatened by severe weather should keep informed about weather conditions and listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Stay away from floodwaters. If power lines are down, do not step in puddles or standing water. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP
People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to get emergency alerts, find out where shelters are and have flooding and tornado safety information immediately available. The Emergency App can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Parents can also download the Red Cross Monster Guard App to teach children what to do in case of a flood or other disaster.
HOW TO HELP
Red Cross workers are still helping people affected by other large disasters such as the recent relief operations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri and Texas. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support disasters big and small.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.