Red Cross Deploys Nurse to Provide Disaster Relief in Southeast Texas
NOVEMBER 09, 2015 – Today, the South Florida Region Red Cross announced it will deploy Lillian Doody to provide support and comfort to those affected by disasters in Texas. To date, the South Florida Region Red Cross has deployed nine disaster workers to provide relief in Southeast Texas. The Red Cross is helping after flooding, tornadoes and severe weather in Texas. The Red Cross opened disaster shelters throughout the state of Texas and is helping residents cope with the emotional toll of the disaster. The Red Cross will continue to provide disaster relief and emotional counselling as long as we are needed.
WHO: Lillian Doody will be available for interviews prior to her deployment. She is a registered nurse (RN) for the American Red Cross. She has volunteered with the organization for 25 years, this is her 11th deployment.
WHY: The American Red Cross is hard at work coordinating massive relief operations across Texas, including in hardest hit Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Many of these areas were also heavily impacted by tornadoes, flooding and severe weather in May and June. The Red Cross is serving meals, delivering relief supplies and providing support for residents in need.
Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods, and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Learn what it’s like to be a Red Cross disaster volunteer. The American Red Cross is calling on community members to join the team to make sure the South Florida Region Red Cross is ready when a disaster strikes. For more information visit our website.
The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary. You can learn more about flood safety here. Some safety steps to remember include:
- Head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
- Turn around, don’t drown. 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 out of the water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.
- Important hurricane safety information is availablehere. What should you do?
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local media outlets for critical information about the storm.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind.
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and get some extra cash.
- Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have shutters, close and board up all the windows with plywood.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible.
- If you have propane, turn off the tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- If you are ordered to evacuate, obey the order, avoiding flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least three days in case someone has to evacuate. Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.