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Hurricane Season Heating Up; Red Cross Ready to Respond

Tropical Storm Isaac could make landfall in Florida in the next few days and the American Red Cross is getting ready to respond if needed.
 The Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters across Florida, and moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into the state. There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida and 28 more are moving into the state in advance of the storm with an additional 78 on stand-by if needed. The Red Cross is mobilizing five truckloads of disaster supplies to send to Florida and Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship emergency supplies if necessary. The Red Cross is urging people in the storm’s path to prepare for heavy wind and rain, as well as the possibility of downed power lines and potential flooding.
The Red Cross recommends three quick steps to be prepared for emergencies such as hurricanes – build a kit, make a plan and be informed. A new, helpful preparedness tool is the free Red Cross Hurricane App which puts real-time, hurricane safety information at your fingertips. The app features information on Red Cross shelters, as well as a toolkit with a digital flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button allows users to access social media outlets to let family and friends know they are okay. In addition, those planning to travel to areas potentially affected by the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. The Hurricane App can be downloaded free of charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for “American Red Cross.”North Carolina: One Year Later As we watch Tropical Storm Isaac weave its way through the Atlantic, it’s hard to believe that Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene. North Carolina was the first state to feel the brutal force of the storm when it made landfall on August 27. The damage caused by the storm lingered for months after the wind and rain subsided. Thousands of homes were severely damaged or destroyed in the eastern region of the state. Hurricane Irene created 1.4 million tons of debris, and 270 roads and 21 bridges were blocked by downed trees and flooding.
In addition to providing food, shelter and supplies after the storm hit, the Red Cross remained with our fellow North Carolinians on the road to recovery. Red Cross caseworkers met with families to help them obtain social services such as grants for home repair or volunteer construction services. Mental health consultations were offered to those struggling to cope with the lasting emotional effects of the powerful storm.
Facts at a Glance – North Carolina Response to Hurricane Irene
• More than 750 disaster workers deployed
• Nearly 60 shelters opened, hosting more than 8,000 overnight stays
• Nearly 400,000 meals and snacks served
• Nearly 46,000 cleanup, comfort and relief supplies distributed
• Nearly 5,000 health and mental health contacts made
Every service the American Red Cross provides begins with a donation. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods, fires, and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. To learn more about the work of the American Red Cross in the U.S. and around the world, please visit