As the wildfires continue to tear through the West, the American Red Cross has opened 12 shelters across Colorado, Utah, and Montana, housing 200 refugees Saturday night. Red Cross volunteers are focusing on providing victims with emotional support as they wait to hear the status of their homes.
Tropical Storm Debby may have passed through Florida last week, but the damage has left many displaced from their homes. The Red Cross is sheltering around 75 victims as they attempt to rebuild their communities after the massive floods. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and a fleet of emergency response vehicles are supplying shelter, hot meals, and relief supplies to those in need.
In the midst of the current heat wave and the powerful storms that hit the Mid-Atlantic, the American Red Cross has set up shelters and cooling centers to accommodate the millions of people without power. Over 56 shelters were opened last Saturday night with about 1,180 residents seeking relief from the heat. More than 900 people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter due to the power outages from Friday’s powerful storms. The heat wave sweeping the country is making it dangerous to spend too long without air conditioning. If you find yourself without power, keep in mind the following safety tips:
- When using a generator, connect the equipment directly to the generator outlets. Do not connect a generator to the home’s electrical system.
- While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. If the refrigerator remains closed, it can keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer can hold its temperature for about two days if the door remains closed.
- Turn appliances and electrical equipment off and unplug them, leaving one light on to check when the power is restored.
- Travel only if necessary. Traffic lights are out and roads will be congested.