Red Cross prepares for Hurricane Isaac

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Hurricane Isaac, a powerful Category 1 storm, is expected to make landfall between New Orleans, LA and Destin, FL this Tuesday night, August 28, 2012. The storm is expected to reach 90mph winds lasting up to 36 hours. Residents in the Southern U.S. are urged to make preparations as the storm will likely cause serious structural damage to homes and severe flooding. Residents can expect high winds, large surges, possible tree damage, and very lengthy power outages.

In conjunction with local emergency management officials, the American Red Cross is gearing up to take immediate action to help those who will be affected by this disaster. Plans include deploying over 1000 disaster workers to Florida, sending emergency supplies to affected areas, and stocking over 30,000 ready-to-eat meals to be sent via two mobile kitchens.

  • Overall, the Red Cross opened 22 shelters and supported 20 community shelters overnight.
  • Evacuations have been ordered in some areas along the Gulf and dozens of Red Cross shelters are on stand-by and likely will open throughout the day.
  • Mobile kitchens and truckloads of relief supplies are on the way to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 50 pre-positioned support trailers are ready with supplies.
  • The Red Cross has activated more than 150 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) in those states and from around the country to help.
  • Flooding continues in Florida and Red Cross disaster workers will continue to help those affected by opening shelters, providing meals and distributing relief supplies like personal hygiene and clean-up items.
  • More than 1,500 disaster workers have been deployed across the Gulf Coast to help with Red Cross efforts.

Due to the Republican National Convention, it is predicted that tens of thousands of visitors will be in Florida. The Red Cross is getting ready for the possibility of sheltering a very large group of people. Disaster workers, shelters, and supplies are on standby in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana to accommodate those affected by the storm.

Please make sure you stay informed! Whether you live in the Southern U.S., have travel plans, or are concerned about loved ones, it is important to stay on top of the status of Hurricane Isaac. The Red Cross encourages you to download our new Hurricane App, which gives critical information concerning the path of the storm.

The app provides detailed instructions on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane, even if your device does not have mobile connectivity. Not only do app users have the ability to personally monitor the storm, but they may also share crucial information with others through social networking. A one touch “I’m safe” button lets family and friends on social media sites know that you are out of harm’s way.

The Red Cross Hurricane App is available on both Android and iPhone devices. You can find it by searching “American Red Cross” in either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Right now is a very crucial time for our friends and family in the South. The Red Cross needs your help to aid thousands who will suffer from the devastating effects of Hurricane Isaac.

Please consider helping us by making a disaster relief donation. Donate by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

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