Tallahassee -- August 30, 2012
Hurricane Isaac is impacting communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states – providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat.
The Red Cross is focused now on people’s emergency needs – Red Cross disaster workers are responding throughout the Gulf region, providing shelter in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. More than 2,700 disaster workers across the Gulf Coast have been deployed to help with Red Cross efforts.
· Thousands of people spent the night in 79 shelters across 6 states after Isaac brought heavy rain, power outages and flooding.
· We have 311,000 ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers in the area.
· Truckloads of relief supplies have been sent to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. Across the Gulf Coast, 187 Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are poised to serve meals and distribute relief items.
· The Red Cross has trailers containing relief supplies already pre-positioned in the area and has sent thousands of additional supplies like clean-up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
The Red Cross will continue to meet the emergency needs of all victims affected by Hurricane Isaac.
People can send donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.tallyredcross.org , calling 850-878-6080 or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.tallyredcross.org or join our blog at http:/cacarc.wordpress.com.