During this time our thoughts and prayers go out to the gulf coast communities as Isaac decides to take his time in visiting the Gulf Coast states. 2-1-1s in LA, MS, AL and FL have all been very busy (well busier than usual!) in responding. Both the governors of MS and LA have activated 2-1-1 as part of the emergency response plans. We won’t hear until later today how things are going…but please join with me in hoping for minimal damage.
United Ways across the Gulf Coast have activated the United Way of the Gulf Coast Disaster Fund and website. Individuals and businesses interested in supporting United Way recovery following the storm should visit www.unitedwaygulfcoast.org to learn more. Donations are tax deductible and funds will be used to support immediate recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts.
Many thanks for all you do every day for people in crises,
Linda Daily / Director, 2-1-1 & Disaster Services/ United Way Worldwide
701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, USA / tel: +1 703.836.7112 x 474 / fax: +1 703.549.9152
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- In Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a 9-12 food storm surge overtopped 8-foot levees not inside the FEMA levee system. Other levees, including those rebuilt or repaired post-Katrina, appear to be holding back the storm surge.
- Isaac is drenching southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Dangerous storm surge and flooding threats are likely to continue into Wednesday night. Through Friday morning, as many as 20 to 25 inches, are expected over much of LA, Southern MS and Southwest AL.
- A hurricane warning is in effect as of 11 AM ET Wednesday from East of Morgan City, LA, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line, including New Orleans. A hurricane watch is in effect from Intracoastal City to Morgan City, LA.
- Tropical storm warnings are in effect for: East of the Mississippi-Louisiana state line to the Alabama-Florida state line, and Morgan City to Sabine Pass, TX. A tropical storm watch is in effect for East of High Island to just west of Sabine Pass, TX.
- Isolated tornadoes are still possible along the Central Gulf Coast area and part of the lower Mississippi River valley through Thursday.
- Deployed more than 2,700 disaster workers to the affected states.
- As of Tuesday evening, opened 79 shelters in 6 states. More than 5,200 people were housed Tuesday night. 67 were Red Cross shelters with more than 4,000 residents while 12 independent shelters had about 1,100 residents.
- 187 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) ready to provide meals once it is safe for them to do so. More than 60 additional ERVs are on alert and prepared to deploy.
- Delivered more than 300,000 ready-to-eat meals to the area, along with kitchen support trailers. Red Cross Partner the Southern Baptist Convention also has mobile kitchens prepositioned in the area capable of producing thousands of meals daily.
- Prepositioned trailers of relief supplies in the area and sent thousands of additional supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
- Prepared Katrina/Rita anniversary coping tips for community members and workers who may be dealing with people who need emotional support.
- Continued to work closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response.
- Many volunteers from our community partners assisting with the response, including AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, NAACP, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the Salvation Army.
- Staff and food have since reached all Red Cross shelter locations in Mississippi.
- Assigned nearly 400 disaster responders.
- Opened 28 shelters that housed more than 2,000 people Tuesday night.
- Made more than 100 health and mental health contacts with people impacted by Isaac.
- Opened 34 shelters that housed almost 2,500 people Tuesday night.
- Assigned more than 500 disaster responders.
- Begun bulk distribution of items such as water, clean-up supplies and insect repellent.
- Opened 7 shelters that housed more than 600 people Tuesday night.
- Assigned more than 400 disaster responders.
- More than 4,000 meals and snacks have been distributed as of Wednesday morning.
- Opened 6 shelters that housed about 100 people Tuesday night.
- Assigned more than 1,300 disaster responders.
- Distributed more than 500 relief items such as comfort kits including toiletries.
- Served more than 8,500 meals and snacks.
- Coordinated with emergency agencies to support Tampa-area residents and tens of thousands of visitors for the Republican National Convention.
- Wednesday, many of the more than 1,300 disaster responders in Florida are in position to respond in Mississippi and Louisiana.
- Prepared a shelter to receive evacuees from neighboring states as they arrive.
- The majority of trained Red Cross volunteers in Georgia are on stand-by to respond.
- Georgia’s Red Cross has deployed 35 disaster volunteers and 2 staff to respond in 4 states and at National Headquarters. More will follow in the days ahead.
- Georgia has recruited 20 volunteer drivers for deployment tomorrow. They will take 10 panel trucks loaded with relief supplies in metro Atlanta to the Gulf region for distribution.
- Opened 3 shelters to receive evacuees from neighboring states should they arrive.
- Assigned almost 90 disaster responders.
- Dozens of Disaster Responders are staged in Houston for deployment to LA and MS.
- As of 11 am on Wednesday, the Red Cross had pulled in almost 91,000 social conversations (32,000 in the last 24 hours). The most common conversations are about how the storm is affecting people (power’s out, wind and rain in the area), followed by people talking about coping (fear, anxiety). The news story about the deployment of the National Guard to Plaquemines Parish to rescue trapped people has been the most-shared story in the Damage Reports category.
- For the latest information on disasters, please check the Online Newsroom and stay tuned to redcross.org.
- For Red Cross maps information please visit maps.redcross.org.
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- Costco Wholesale Corporation
- Darden Restaurants, Inc.
- Dell Inc.
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