Hundreds of stranded travelers looked to the American Red Cross for help Wednesday after the powerful bomb cyclone moving across the country caused blizzard conditions which closed major highways in several western states.
The storm’s heavy rain and melting snow could cause prolonged major flooding as it moves east. The Red Cross is urging people to monitor this storm and follow the safety steps below if flooding occurs in their community.
In Colorado, the Red Cross and community partners opened nine shelters where 620 people sought refuge from the storm. Shelters were also open in Oregon and Wyoming after blizzard conditions closed highways. Some states are already seeing flooding and the Red Cross opened 11 shelters in Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin where more than 130 people spent Wednesday night.
If someone needs to find a shelter, they can redcross.org/shelter, download the free Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.
The Red Cross urges people who may be impacted to follow these safety steps.
Right Before a Flood
During a Flood
After a Flood
More information, including a flood safety checklist in several languages, is available here.
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps. These apps are also available in Spanish. Search for “American Red Cross” in your mobile app store or go to redcross.org/apps. In the app, go to “settings” and “change your apps language” to switch your language to Spanish.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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