TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Kansas Capital Area Chapter volunteer will leave for Tampa Friday morning to help families who will be affected by Tropical Storm Issac, which is expected to hit southern Florida and bring strong winds gusting as high as 75 mph and 4 to 8 inches of rain.
Theresa Meyer, a nurse from Palmer, will fly to Tampa early Friday morning to provide services needed to those who will be affected by Tropical Storm Issac.
In Florida, the Red Cross is identifying available shelters, assembling disaster teams, and coordinating with government and community partners like the Southern Baptist Convention and NAACP. Preparations occur all year long for storms like Isaac. For example, more than 50 trailers with supplies to support hundreds of people each are pre-positioned along the Gulf and East coasts in preparation for hurricane season. Each trailer is stocked with cots, blankets and comfort kits. Kitchen trailers are also prepositioned with items on board like beverage containers, food carriers and ice chests.
Meghan Spreer, Red Cross spokesman, said volunteers are always ready to go if needed.
“Volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross,” Spreer said. “We rely on people like Theresa every day to respond to disasters across our 16 county area, as well as across the United States.”
Those who may be in the path of the storm can download the new free Red Cross Hurricane App which puts real time information on hurricane safety at someone’s fingertips. The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to let family and friends know they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas predicted to get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
GET READY NOW
People who may be in the path of the storm should get prepared now by finalizing hurricane plans and updating their emergency supply kits. Emergency kits should contain a three-day supply of water for each person, along with food that doesn’t require refrigeration, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and a first aid kit. A full list of suggested items is available on this web site.
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 1221 SW 17th Street, Topeka, KS 66604.