Thursday, July 11, 2019 — The powerful storm headed to the Gulf Coast is predicted to bring strong winds, as much as 20 inches of rain and a dangerous storm surge to the region through the weekend. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond as necessary and offers steps people can take to be ready for this severe weather.
The Red Cross has disaster workers standing by, and is pre-positioning relief supplies in Louisiana, Texas, and other coastal communities for evacuation centers and sheltering operations after the storm makes landfall. Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) are also on alert.
Get Ready for Flooding
The exact track of the storm is still uncertain but could affect communities from Texas to Florida and areas inland. Tropical storm and hurricane watches are already issued for parts of Louisiana where mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been ordered in areas along the coast.
Officials in New Orleans and surrounding parishes are concerned about water going over several levees, causing flooding in areas which have already received several inches of rain this week.
People should know the difference between a watch and warning. A watch means that a flood or flash flood is possible in your area, while a warning means that flooding/flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
If you are in the path of this storm, be prepared to evacuate. Leave the area if local officials tell you to do so. Don’t return home until officials say it is safe. Stay informed - tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates. Flooding is almost certain to occur, and people can follow these safety steps:
Right Before a Flood
During a Flood
More information, including a flood safety checklist in several languages, is available here.
RIP CURRENTS The severe weather is also expected to cause dangerous rip currents along much of the coast through the weekend. Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year and most of the rescues performed by lifeguards.
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.
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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