Since Tropical Storm Lee hit south Louisiana, the American Red Cross has been providing safe shelter, meals, emotional support and relief supplies to victims of the storm, a spokeswoman said Saturday.
The Red Cross is now sending volunteers, trained in case work, to sit down with clients throughout the storm-damaged areas of the state to help determine their needs, said Nancy Malone, with the American Red Cross, Louisiana Capital Area Chapter.
“The floodwaters and trees on homes have been devastating for some families,” said Joe Williams, the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter’s response and readiness coordinator. “Volunteers have been working all week to help.”
Williams, who also trained new volunteers last week, has examined the Livingston Parish flooding and traveled the 10-parish service area responding to storm-related damages.
Based on the assessments conducted through the week, the Red Cross anticipates assisting 40 to 50 families, many of whom do not have property or flood insurance.
Families may qualify for Red Cross assistance with health needs or shelter. The volunteers also will guide these families through the recovery process and link them to other vital community resources through organizations active during disasters, Malone said.
Red Cross assistance is provided consistent with national guidelines and in accordance with disaster-related needs.
In response to Tropical Storm Lee in Louisiana, the Red Cross already has sheltered more than 80 and provided nearly 2,000 meals and snacks.
Volunteers have distributed nearly 900 clean-up kits, including brooms, disinfectant, gloves, sponge, bucket and a mop. Nearly 400 disaster-affected homes have been counted.
To donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief, visit http://www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-733-2767 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions also may be sent to the American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.