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Alabama Red Cross Shelters Open in Birmingham Area

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.

  • Dawson Memorial Baptist Church: 1114 Oxmoor Road; Homewood, AL 35209
  • Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church: 3396 Helena Road; Helena, AL 35080
  • To find an open Red Cross shelter, people can visit 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 for more information.

    The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safe:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.
  • 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.
  • eep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • ake 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.
  • 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

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.