Hurricane Isaac, now a category 1 storm, is taking its toll on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane made its second landfall early this morning in Louisiana with winds of 80 mph. Isaac has already damaged levees in Plaquemines Parish, LA with water spilling over and leaving over 400,000 homes without electricity. The storm seems to be moving at an excruciatingly slow pace leaving some areas flooded with over 20 inches of rainfall.
The American Red Cross is taking Hurricane Isaac very seriously. 80 shelters in six states have been opened to accommodate over 5,200 people. 2,400 disaster workers and trailers full of relief supplies have been deployed to affected areas. In addition, mobile kitchens stocked with over 290,000 ready-to-eat meals have been positioned in the Gulf Coast region.
If you are in the path of the storm, please make sure you are safe! Follow all evacuation orders and make sure you are stocked with emergency supplies such as non-perishable food, water, and flashlights.
Be sure to download the Red Cross Hurricane App which gives vital information on the path of the storm. The app provides guidelines for 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.
Hurricane Isaac is a very severe disaster and our friends and family in the Gulf Coast region desperately need our help. Please strongly consider helping the American Red Cross in our mission to alleviate human suffering 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.