Monday, August 27, 2012

Red Cross CEO Updates DFW on Plans for Isaac

Written by Kyla Campbell, staff contributor

Planning for Isaac's landfall and the potential fallout from the rain and wind remains top priority for North Texas volunteers and staff. From shelter planning to flood preparations, crews across DFW and East Texas aim to care for those who soon will become victims of Hurricane Isaac. Our CEO, T.D. Smyers, talks about what Isaac means to DFW area and how you can help!

Responding to hurricanes takes the strength of an organization like the American Red Cross and the support from donors in order to mobilize resources like we have over the last several days. Below highlights exactly how you help when you support the Red Cross with a financial gift.  

*As of Monday, August 27, the Red Cross:
  • Deployed more than 1,500 disaster workers across the Gulf Coast to help with Red Cross efforts.
  • Sheltered hundreds of people Sunday night in Florida. More than 560 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross and community shelters after Isaac brought heavy rain, power outages and flooding. Overall, the Red Cross opened 22 shelters and supported 20 community shelters overnight.
  • Put dozens of shelters on stand-by along the Gulf, where evacuations have already been ordered in some area. Shelters are likely to open in the area throughout the day.
  • Sent mobile kitchens and truckloads of relief supplies to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 50 pre-positioned support trailers are ready with supplies.
  • Activated more than 150 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) in those states and from around the country to help.
  • Continued to help in Florida where flooding continues. 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.
And this is all in addition to all the preparations going on here in DFW!

Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to trigger a large and prolonged disaster response with major flooding across several states. People can call, click or text to donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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