ATLANTA – December 29, 2015 — With several regions of the state impacted by the ongoing flooding in Georgia, the American Red Cross is working alongside community partners to provide safe lodging, distribute relief items and help people plan their recovery. Efforts are part of a massive relief response launched across multiple states in the wake of severe weather affecting much of the country since last week.
“We’re moving in the right direction, but we’re not out of the woods yet," said Eric Corliss, Georgia Regional Disaster Officer. “With more rain coming, things could change quickly and we’re urging people to stay aware of their surroundings and prepare to evacuate if necessary.”
Red Cross caseworkers are working one-on-one with individuals affected by the recent floods to identify their emergency needs, to help them devise a recovery plan and to provide information and referrals to community resources. Volunteers are currently assisting 102 families statewide.
A Red Cross shelter remains open in Oglethorpe, Georgia for those affected by flooding. Shelters in East Dublin, Calhoun and Mt. Vernon remain on standby. Additional shelters will be opened if needed. The Red Cross will continue to monitor and respond to other areas as storms roll through the state this week. Those who need emergency assistance should call their local Red Cross chapter.
SHELTER LOCATIONS THAT ARE CURRENTLY OPEN
Old Junior High Gym
500 Macon St.
OGLETHORPE, GA 31068
• 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.
PLEASE HELP NOW
The Red Cross will be helping people affected by the recent severe weather across multiple states for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies such as home fires. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief for disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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 Facebook and Twitter at @RedCross.