Red Cross: Louisiana flooding facts, how to help

Red Cross: Louisiana flooding facts, how to help

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The American Red Cross is supporting flood rescue and relief operations in Louisiana by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding.

Louisiana Flooding Daily Fast Facts

  • Since Aug. 12, 2016, through 5 p.m. yesterday, the Red Cross and its partners have:
  • Opened and/or supported 70 shelters (16 were open as of midnight 8/24/16)
  • Provided over 2,422 overnight stays for affected residents 8/24/16.  Total overnight stays to date 47,726.
  • Served more than 356,488 meals and snacks.
  • Distributed more than 100,366 recovery items such as clean-up kits, blankets and personal care kits
  • Made 7,966 health and mental health connections with affected residents
  • Registered 907 people on Safe and Well
  • 98% of those working the Louisiana Flood Response are volunteers.

HOW TO HELP The time and talent of every volunteer makes a real difference in our neighbor's lives. Residents who can volunteer are encouraged to register online at Click on Volunteer Opportunities on the left.

The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Early estimates predict the massive Red Cross relief effort in Louisiana could cost at least $30 million – and this number may grow as more is learned about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.

The Red Cross urgently needs the public to support relief efforts in Louisiana by making a financial donation today. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation via your cell phone. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs including disaster relief and recovery.

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