In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities along the east coast are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages. Last night, the Red Cross operated or supported about 340 emergency shelters with more than 8,600 residents from North Carolina to New England.
Ohio has sent 113 volunteers to the east coast so far, including Lynn Cook, Director of Communications here at the Columbus Chapter. She is assisting with sheltering operations in Rhode Island. All ten of the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles in Ohio have been deployed and the Red Cross has tens of thousands of meals ready to serve in affected communities.
The Red Cross projects that the cost of helping the victims will be in the millions. Michael Carroll, CEO for the Columbus chapter, noted, “The communities facing flooding and wind damage this morning do not feel like they have dodged a bullet. Recovery efforts are just beginning for many families today.”
People who can help are encouraged to click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
- · Visit www.redcross.org , call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- · 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.
Irene has already caused the cancellation of more than 60 blood drives resulting in a shortfall of more than 2,000 blood donations over the past few days, a devastating blow to an already low blood supply. The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm and asks that people in affected areas consider donating blood once it’s safe to do so. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.