The American Red Cross urges people who live in the path of Isaac’s rains and winds to finish their storm preparations now. Isaac is expected to continue its march inland, threatening communities farther to the north that have yet to experience the impact of the storm.
Families and individuals need to stay informed on the storm’s progress from the National Weather Service and listen to the advice of local emergency officials. If asked to evacuate, they should do so immediately, avoiding flooded roads and washed out bridges. If time permits, people should check and restock or replace disaster supplies, and fill their vehicle’s gas tanks.
Residents should also bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind such as lawn furniture and bicycles, and close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. In place of hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood. If asked to shelter in place, people should remain in their homes until conditions improve. If possible, keep cell phones charged and have extra batteries available for flashlights.
If people need to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices puts real time information on storm safety at people’s fingertips. The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
POWER OUTAGES Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and more are expected to be in the dark as the storm moves north. If power outages occur, people should:
FLOOD SAFETY Isaac is causing major flooding. People should continue listening to weather reports for the latest updates on the storm and stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding even after the storm has passed. If flooding occurs, people should:
TORNADO THREAT Isaac is also spawning tornadoes throughout the region. If a tornado threatens, people should:
More information on what to do before, during and after a storm is available in the preparedness section of this website.
HOW TO HELP The Red Cross has launched a massive relief operation in response to Isaac and will be helping affected communities for weeks. And after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched – costs are growing by the hour. People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.