(ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 1, 2018) – The American Red Cross, in collaboration with emergency management officials, has closed the last of the shelters that were open in response to the recent floods. Relief efforts are now transitioning to disaster assessment and recovery planning. Teams of Red Cross disaster trained volunteers are going to areas identified as being heavily damaged to assess the extent of damage and what type of resources may be needed.
The Red Cross, as it does year ‘round, will work with local emergency management officials across the 16 counties this chapter serves to make sure our community will be served should needs change.
RETURNING HOME AFTER A FLOOD:
· After a flood, do not attempt to return to affected areas until officials say it is safe to do so.
· Once you are able to go home, look for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, cracks in the foundation or other damage before you enter your home.
· During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
· Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
· If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
· If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
· Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
· Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out.
For more tips on what to do before, during, and after flash floods or mudslides, visit RedCross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App. This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
HOW TO HELP:
Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single donation brings hope to those in need. Your gift enables the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.