A strong storm system is causing catastrophic flooding, particularly around St. Louis, Missouri and in eastern Kentucky. The American Red Cross is responding in both regions and close to one dozen Red Cross and Red Cross supported emergency shelters are open in the impacted areas.
The Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region is mobilizing volunteers to support ongoing relief efforts in communities impacted by the flooding. Three DMV-based disaster workers – trained to respond to large-scale emergencies - have already begun the deployment process and will be working in areas of Kentucky to ensure those affected have access to safe shelter, warm meals, water and health and mental health support. The National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Red Cross is standing by to support neighbors in Kentucky and Missouri with additional resources, including trained volunteers and supplies, for as long as help is needed.
TO HELP people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises, make a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
IT’S NEVER TOO SOON TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
- 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.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary. Follow evacuation orders and don’t return until officials say it is safe.
- Stay away from floodwaters. Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around floodwaters and your home.
- Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwaters.
- If power lines are down, don’t step in puddles or standing water.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross “Emergency” app can help keep you and your loved ones safe with real-time alerts, shelter locations and safety advice. The Red Cross First Aid app provides instant access to information on handling the most common emergencies. Download these free apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
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 @RedCrossNCGC.