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Public Service Announcement Available In Wake of Louisiana Flooding Disaster

30 Second Television Spot Highlights the Urgent Need for Help

STATEWIDE (September 2, 2016) – Three weeks after the floodwaters destroyed thousands of homes and caused the deaths of 13 individuals, the American Red Cross continues its enormous disaster response efforts in Louisiana, providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to families affected by the devastating flooding.  

The Red Cross is releasing a 30 second public service announcement highlighting the continued need for help from the general public.  The video includes compelling images from Louisiana and is asking those to help in the disaster relief effort by visit www.MaineRedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO AVAILABLE: https://vimeo.com/americanredcross/review/181105785/430c680d2b 

Note: Broadcast quality video can be downloaded from the website.

As of August 30th, more than 1,500 people were seeking refuge in 13 Red Cross and community shelters and there are more 100 Red Cross emergency response vehicles distributing food, water and relief supplies, including one from the state of Maine.  Disaster health volunteers are providing emotional support and helping to replace things like lost eyeglasses, wheelchairs and medications.

More than 3,400 Red Crossers – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – have tirelessly supported relief efforts since the flooding began. Over 90 percent of these trained disaster workers are volunteers. As of August 31, the Red Cross and its partners have:

• Served more than 716,000 meals and snacks.

• Distributed more than 410,000 relief items.

• Provided more than 63,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. 

• Handled more than 30,000 calls from people seeking help. 

• Provided more than 24,000 health services and emotional support contacts.

Since the flood began, 15 Red Cross in Maine volunteers have traveled to the region to provide support and comfort in the wake of this historic flooding. Those Mainers include; Yvette Lizotte (of Norway), Josephine Wood (of Waterville), Romeo Bouchard (of Woodland), Tyler Low (of Lewiston), Shirley Woodard (of Saco), Carol Bray (of Deer Isle), Joyce Baron (of Athens), Ruth Lathrop (of Windham), Randy Eldridge (of Orland), Barbara Jurgen (of Arundel), Darlene Helms (of Hampden), Dotty Lanphear (of Camden), Margaret Rode (of Tenants Harbor), Sharon Collin (of Cumberland Foreside) and Todd Tisdale (of Farmington).  On Sunday, Dave Bourassa (of Augusta) will be traveling to the region to assist in the relief efforts.

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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. Learn more at MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).