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Red Cross Volunteers Helping Following Flash Floods

Even before the rain started falling, we were in touch with our community partners preparing for what could happen

American Red Cross volunteers are helping throughout the Mid-South community where flood waters displaced many residents.

Red Cross volunteers are currently operating two shelters and are working with community partners to provide food and cleanup supplies to those affected.

Even before the rain started falling, we were in touch with our community partners preparing for what could happen,” said Mid-South Chapter Executive Director Laura Vaughn. “Our volunteers have done a great job collaborating to make sure all clients are being served.”

Many residents are returning to their homes. The Red Cross urges them to follow these tips:

  • Make sure it is safe to return: Be sure that the roof, walls, and floor are secure. The power to your home may need to be temporarily disconnected to avoid the risk of electric shock.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • 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!
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • More information can be found at: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

    Floods are the most common disaster in the United States; The Red Cross encourages everyone to have a flood plan. The first step is downloading the Flood app for iPhone or Android. The free app gives users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish.

    Anyone who wants to help victims of disaster like those in the Mid-South can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org/donate