Red Cross responds during severe weather threat

Red Cross responds during severe weather threat

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Red Cross says it is working across South Louisiana to determine and provide for neighbors' needs in the wake of the violent weather Monday that ripped across dozens of parishes.

A Red Cross spokeswoman says volunteers will assess damages, determine needs on an individual basis and begin services.

"We urge everyone to stay tuned to the warnings and remain prepared," said Kay W. Wilkins, regional chief executive for the Red Cross in Louisiana. "Taking steps now can help ensure that your loved ones know what to do and where to go to be safe."

When severe weather warnings are issued, people should move to a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building.

With thousands of storm victims likely to remain without power for approximately 48 hours, Wilkins reminds the public about the dangers of using candles. She also recommends residents keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

Residents with weather-caused needs can reach the Red Cross at (800) 256-4733.

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