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Red Cross opens shelters in Washington, Tangipahoa parishes

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The American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters in Washington and Tangipahoa parishes for residents displaced by flooding.

The following Red Cross shelters are open:

Tangipahoa Parish

  • Loranger High School – 19404 Hiatt Road, Loranger, La. 70446
  • Natalbany Elementary School – 47370 N. Morrison Blvd., Natalbany, La. 70451

Washington Parish

  • Franklinton High School – 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton, La. 70438
  • Elizabeth Sullivan University Methodist Church – 510 Avenue B, Bogalusa, La. 70427

Anyone evacuating should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

The Red Cross also advises people to be safe during severe weather.

  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children and pets out of the water, as they are curious and can be harmed by flowing or contaminated water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

For more information on what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.

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