An additional Hawaii Red Cross volunteer is deploying to assist with the Red Cross response to the devastating Southern floods. An Oahu volunteer will be deploying to Texas to assist with Health Services. Another Maui volunteer has already been deployed to Mississippi to assist with Disaster Mental Health Services. This makes a total of 2 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deployed to assist with the Southern floods.
Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers are responding across the south where devastating flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
The Red Cross is opening shelters for those affected, providing meals and distributing relief supplies where it is safe to do so. More than 430 people spent Wednesday night in 22 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
This has been a difficult week for many families and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses.
Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has provided 2,100 overnight stays in 55 shelters, served 36,500 meals and snacks, and distributed 15,400 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.
Floodwaters have inundated several counties along the Gulf Coast in Texas where more than 200 people took refuge in 9 shelters Wednesday night. In Mississippi, 25 people spent Wednesday night in 5 Red Cross shelters and hundreds of homes have been damaged by the floodwaters.
In Louisiana, there were 7 Red Cross and community shelters open overnight with more than 210 residents taking refuge in them. This is the largest sheltering operation for the Red Cross in Louisiana since Hurricane Gustav and Ike in 2008, and Hurricane Isaac in 2012. As many as 12,000 people have been impacted by the flooding across the state with hundreds of residences either destroyed or receiving major damage.
How to Help. 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.