Red Cross Sends 17 Disaster Responders to Louisiana
to Help with Worst Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy
Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) is responding
to devastating flooding in Louisiana. Red Cross disaster workers are providing
shelter, food and comfort to
those affected and more help is on the way.
Silverton, Florence, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Wolf Creek and Keizer, Williams, and Turner, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington are either
on the ground or heading to Louisiana. They are assisting affected communities
by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and
mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local
government entities to help deliver assistance.
the public to make sure we can help people in need – anytime and anywhere,”
said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “It costs the Red
Cross approximately $1,650 to send a volunteer to a relief
operation for 11 days –
the average length of a disaster deployment.”
likely the worst natural disaster since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Sunday night
more than 10,600 people sought refuge in nearly 50 Red Cross and community
shelters in Louisiana. Local officials have reported making more than 20,000
water rescues, and are estimating that 10,000 homes have been damaged. Many
areas are still inaccessible. The flooding danger is not over as weather
experts predict more rain is possible.
indicate that Red Cross response efforts could cost more than $10 million. Donations
are urgently needed. To help people affected by the Louisiana Floods visit redcross.org,
call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10
donation. These donations
enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and
help people recover from disasters big and small.
Cross Safe and Well website so loved ones can see if you are safe and well.
Those who can’t access a computer can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and
a Red Cross operator can help them register. They can also update their Facebook
and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website or visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell on their smart phone
and click on the “List Yourself as Safe and Well” or “Search for friends and
receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding,
wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also
includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows
people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is
available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.