Red Cross Sheltering 7,000+, Serving Thousands More with Meals and Relief Supplies - State hit by 6.9 trillion gallons of rain – enough to fill 10.4 million Olympic pools
Great Falls, MT – August 18, 2016 — The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.
The Red Cross and its partners have served almost 100,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. The Red Cross has also mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts.
“Thousands of people in Louisiana need our help now,” said Diane Wright, Executive Director of Montana Red Cross. “This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy. We hope that the people of Montana will show their usual compassion and generosity by making a donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.”
One resident escaping the floodwaters in a Red Cross shelter in Gonzalez, LA, is 81-year-old Doreen Ulm, who survived air raids in London during World War II and because of the floodwaters is at a shelter for the first time since the war. Courtney Robinson, her husband and five children are sure their home is destroyed and are also taking refuge from the flooding in a Red Cross shelter. They fled their home with only food and water and a change of clothes for the family. These are just two of the thousands of people impacted by this devastating flooding.
Several hundred Red Crossers are on the ground in Louisiana now, and by Friday there will be more than 1,000 workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, hundreds more local volunteers are continuing to support relief efforts.
These Red Cross workers and disaster partners such as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, AFL-CIO, Verizon, Duracell, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Baton Rouge YMCA and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are working together to help people impacted by the flooding.
HOW TO HELP
You can help people affected by disasters like home fires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to the American Red Cross. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation, please go to redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-272-6668. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.
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.
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.