The Red Cross has launched a large disaster response that could last for weeks across multiple states along the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Isaac affects millions of lives with strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and coastal surges.
Almost 2,400 Red Cross disaster workers are in the region, opening evacuation shelters and providing relief supplies for those affected by Isaac in several states along the Gulf. Last night nearly 800 people stayed in 52 shelters in five states and more shelters could open today.
WHAT THE RED CROSS IS DOING Nearly 190 Red Cross emergency response vehicles – almost 80 percent of the Red Cross fleet – have been deployed or put on alert to help. The Red Cross has also:
MANY PARTNERS HELPING The multi-state response is very large and the Red Cross is working closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response and help ensure people get the help they need. These partners include AmeriCorps, American Psychological Association, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Buddhist Tzu Cui Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hope worldwide, Islamic Relief USA, Medical Reserve Corps, NAACP, National Baptist Convention USA, National Black Nurses Association, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Teamsters-AFL/CIO and the Salvation Army.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Isaac is expected to cause widespread wind and flooding damage across the region, and the Red Cross has a major response underway. 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.
FIND A SHELTER People who may be in its path should stay informed and follow evacuation instructions by local authorities. If asked to shelter in place, folks should remain in their home until conditions improve. If possible, they should keep their cell phone charged and have extra batteries available for flashlights. If someone needs 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. If they are going to a shelter they should remember to bring the following:
RED CROSS HURRICANE APP Folks along the coast and in states in its path should stay informed on the storm’s progress from the National Weather Service. Downloading the Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides important safety information.The free Hurricane App features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. It can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
SAFE AND WELL People can also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know where and how they are. Safe and Well is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, people can visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.
BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED Isaac has already forced the cancellation of some blood drives along the Gulf Coast. Depending on the storm’s path, additional blood collections may be cancelled, causing a shortfall of blood in the affected areas. All eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at www.redcrossblood.org today to schedule an appointment to give blood.