With record flooding covering several states, Good Morning Utah is helping answer the question about how you can help. Rich Woodruff from Utah Red Cross joins GMU with things you can do right now to help flooding victims.
The Red Cross is working with partners to provide safe shelter, food, relief supplies, and other support to people in need. In some areas, the Red Cross is providing refreshments to people rushing to fill sandbags and protect homes and businesses from flood waters. Red Cross volunteers also continue to help people affected by the deadly tornadoes that occurred earlier this month in Alabama and Georgia.
To help people with no place else to go, the Red Cross has opened 40 shelters that have provided more than 3,000 overnight stays in the last five days. Monday night, some 19 Red Cross and community shelters provided safe refuge for 580 people in Nebraska, Mississippi, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Red Cross has also served more than 30,500 meals and snacks to people in these impacted communities.
Red Cross health services, mental health, and spiritual care workers are present in shelters to tend to the health and well-being of flood evacuees. These workers assess health needs, provide or assist with care as needed, and replace medications, supplies, and equipment that may have been lost or destroyed during the disaster. Red Cross mental health workers are helping people to cope with the devastation.
You can help people affected by disasters like tornados, floods, and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.