HOOVER, Ala., April 7, 2014 — The American Red Cross is on the ground here in the Birmingham area helping those affected by flooding. Red Cross volunteers are canvassing affected in neighborhoods to assess the damage. Emergency shelters are open at the following locations to help residents impacted by the flood by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on.
To find an open Red Cross shelter, people can visit www.redcross.org/shelter or download the Red Cross Shelter Finder App for iOS. People can also contact their emergency management office for help locating a shelter.
The American Red Cross recently launched a free new Flood App to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods. This free app gives iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phone 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 based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. Visit redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps/flood for more information.
The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safe:
Members of the community who wish to help future disaster victims can make a tax-deductible donation to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. People can help those affected by severe weather and other emergencies by making a financial donation to the American Red Cross. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/alabama.
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.