NEW ORLEANS, LA. April 24, 2013 — The Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding in Kenner, LA, where severe weather, including rain and wind, damaged homes and downedtrees this afternoon.
The Red Cross is working with local emergency managers to assess the damage. “Volunteers are in the impacted neighborhoods helping individuals with immediate, disaster-related needs by meeting with them one-on-one to provide guidance and support during their recovery process.” said Kay W. Wilkins, American Red Cross South Louisiana Region CEO.
A Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle has been sent to the impacted area to provide emergency responders and residents with food, water and snacks.
As people return home, the Red Cross has steps they should follow to stay safe. First, they should return home only when local authorities say it is safe to do so and listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
Other safety steps include:
• Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
• Stay out of damaged buildings.
• Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your home for damage.
• Use flashlights when examining buildings – do not use candles.
• If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly.
Download the Tornado App
People should also download the free Red Cross Tornado App, available in English or Spanish. The app, found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, includes important features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app
Tornado Safety Tips: http://rdcrss.org/RXjh4c
You Can Help
People interested in volunteering can go to www.redcross.org/support/volunteer to search and apply for opportunities in their community. The Volunteer Connection System was made possible thanks to a generous grant from W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer.
All Red Cross assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. If someone would like to help people affected by emergencies like the recent storms, they can visit redcross.org/NewOrleans, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Office.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.