The American Red Cross is responding out west where a strong storm is causing flooding and major landslides in California and the Pacific Northwest.
The storm, brought on by a “bomb cyclone” over the Pacific Ocean, is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the region, leading to flooding, landslides and power outages. The fast-moving landslides are causing debris flows in areas where wildfires have left massive burn scars, forcing people to leave their homes. Some areas have received more than a half foot of rain and more than 175,000 homes and businesses are without power in California and Washington.
Trained Red Cross disaster workers opened several shelters in California and are working with officials to determine what additional support is needed. Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information for open Red Cross shelters on redcross.org, 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or the free Red Cross Emergency app. You can also check with local officials and monitor local news for information on where shelters are located.
DOWNLOAD the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on landslides. The app includes an “I’m Safe” feature that helps people check on loved ones. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps.
FLOODING Turn around, don’t drown! Stay off the roads. If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way.
LANDSLIDES If you suspect you are in danger, evacuate immediately and take your pets with you.
POWER OUTAGES For prolonged power outages, there are ways that you can minimize loss and keep everyone as comfortable as possible.
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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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