LANCASTER—The remnants of Isaac are still causing heavy rainfall in our area and flash flood warnings have been issued.
The Red Crossoffers the following flood safety tips:
- People should listen to weather reports for updates and stay alert for extended rainfall and localized flash flooding.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon water above your ankles or a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood danger.
- Keep away from loose or downed power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Keep children out of the water.
- If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow instructions from local officials and only return home when it is safe to do so.
The Red Cross is providing help and comfort to people along the Gulf Coast - staying in shelters, without power or cleaning up after Isaac's flooding. Our extensive relief efforts include food, shelter, relief and clean-up supplies and comfort for people, and the Red Cross will be in the area for weeks helping people get back on their feet. Sunday night, approximately 660 people stayed in 18 Red Cross or community shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi. As clean-up efforts progress, Red Cross shelters remain available for anyone in need. Find the nearest shelter by visiting redcross.org, downloading the Red Cross Hurricane app, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Hundreds of emergency response vehicles are distributing meals and truckloads of relief supplies in affected neighborhoods. The Red Cross is serving thousands of meals a day in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention. So far the Red Cross has served more than 193,000 meals and snacks. Nearly 3,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks to people in need. We've handed thousands of relief items and provided thousands of health services and mental health contacts. The American red Cross serving Central PA has deployed 36 local volunteers to assist with the relief effort.
We need your help now. Red Cross relief services for Isaac could cost as much as tens of millions of dollars. Our costs are growing by the hour and we haven't raised anywhere near the millions of dollars we will need for the Isaac response. But the public has always come through for us when Americans need help. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. After a busy summer of helping people affected by wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched thin. For example last year, the Red Cross spent $18 million to provide shelter, food, comfort and hope to people affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
First Anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee/Hurricane Irene This Week Last August, Hurricane Irene visited Central Pennsylvania with high winds and, on September 8, Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rains and widespread flooding to the area. Tropical Storm Lee, especially, which arrived in Pennsylvania on September 8, 2011, left many residents in Pennsylvania without power, their homes inundated by floodwaters and infrastructure damage in the aftermath of the storms' powerful winds and rain. Red Cross workers opened 100 shelters in Pennsylvania, some which remained open for six weeks, providing more than 8,600 overnight stays. More than 400,000 meals and snacks kept residents fed, while 11,700 cleanup items helped people begin the arduous task of clearing debris from their homes and neighborhoods.
September is Preparedness Month The American Red Cross is encouraging all households to create or update a family disaster plan to make sure they're ready for the next emergency or disaster. No one can predict where or when the next large disaster will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow. Your plan should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, an out-of-area emergency contact person, and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home. Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their neighbors. Red Cross tools such as our new hurricane app, for iPhone and Android users, make preparedness planning easier. A First Aid App is also available. The Red Cross has a range of different programs to help families, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared. o Be Red Cross Ready is an online, interactive training program that teaches people how to be ready for emergencies. o Red Cross Ready Rating is a free, web-based program that helps businesses, schools and other organizations better prepare for emergencies. More resources and information on preparedness can be found on redcross.org. If anyone would like to help, they can make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to their local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
"Help people affected by disasters like the Hurricane Isaac, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org."