TOPEKA — Hurricane Isaac is hammering communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states, providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat.
The Red Cross is focused now on people’s emergency needs, and last night more than 5,200 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in six states and many more people are expected to come to shelters today.
2,700 Red Cross disaster workers from across the country are assisting the Gulf region during the storm, including six from the Kansas Capital Area Chapter. Disaster workers and Emergency Response Vehicles will serve meals, and distribute relief items and supplies like personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, shovels, rakes, and gloves to those in need once it is safe to do so.
We need your help. This is a very large relief response that will last a long time. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched. People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross Hurricane App allows those affected to let loved ones know they are safe, by using the “I’m Safe” button, provides important safety information and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light, and alarm. The app is found in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.