American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with a safe place to stay and food to eat despite closed roads and continued flooding making it challenging to get relief supplies to where they are needed.
An additional Oahu volunteer is deploying today to assist with the Red Cross response effort. Elizabeth Norcross will be assisting with Planning. Another Oahu volunteer, Renise Bayne, deployed on Monday to assist with Mass Care Operations Management. Some Hawaii volunteers may also be assisting virtually.
“The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation."
Monday night more than 8,400 people sought refuge in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. More than 1,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers have been mobilized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help with the Louisiana relief efforts. The Red Cross is also mobilizing over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies.
“People in Louisiana urgently need our help now,” continued Matayoshi. “Please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today.”