Red Cross Stories- Hurricane Isaac

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After making landfall on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac left a wake of destruction all across the Gulf Coast. Thousands were left without power as they, yet again, began rebuilding their communities after the disaster.

The American Red Cross was on the scene even before the storm hit, opening shelters for evacuees and offering support and relief. 2,400 disaster workers were deployed across the southern states and 80 shelters were opened to house over 4,700 victims of the hurricane.

“The road to recovery for these communities will not be easy, but they will not be alone,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “As families return home to take stock, the Red Cross will be there – to make sure their emergency needs are met and help them get back on their feet.”

The storm may be over, but the work of the Red Cross is far from completed. We will stand beside the victims of Hurricane Isaac and help in any way we can.

Recently, Red Cross volunteers visited Louisiana towns, passing out supplies and offering support. Robert Meyer of Kenner expressed his gratitude as he held up his blistered hands, “you are angels for bringing me gloves.”

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