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Red Cross Shelters 10,000+ in Louisiana; Worst Flooding Disaster in US Since Superstorm Sandy

RALEIGH, TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2016 — The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by the devastating flooding there, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 

More than 500 disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their way to help in Louisiana. The Red Cross has also mobilized 60 disaster response vehicles, 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter and kitchen supplies. 

Here in Eastern North Carolina, 15 of the area’s Red Cross specially trained and experienced volunteers/staff will join this large scale disaster response by Wednesday. And an additional five volunteers will work from their homes, deploying virtually to guide families in getting Red Cross assistance by completing casework over the phone.

Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10,000 homes are impacted, forcing thousands of people to seek shelter elsewhere. Those affected are being supported in numerous Red Cross and community shelters where they can find food and a safe place to stay. Many of the Louisiana Red Cross volunteers helping their neighbors have also been affected by the flooding. 

The Red Cross is also working closely with the entire response community to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind the diverse needs of the community. Some of the organizations sending help to the area include Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteers.

HOW TO HELP “The response to this disaster could cost more than $10 million,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “The Red Cross greatly depends on the generosity of the public to support relief efforts. We urgently need people to join us in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today, as well as to consider volunteering to help us provide relief on the ground.”

People can donate by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER People can make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. To join us, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones and receive emergency alerts and shelter information. The Emergency App can be found in the app store by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going 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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.