Although our region will not see any major effects from Hurricane Isaac, the Tennessee Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross has been hard at work to mobilize volunteers, vehicles and supplies in preparation of the storm. As of today, more than 25 volunteers have deployed to assist with the relief efforts across four states.
The Red Cross has sent nearly 200 volunteers from across the country and 13 from right here in Tennessee, to Memphis to help operate a staging area.American Red Cross partner FedEx has graciously allowed one of their facilities to be used for this function and will support Red Cross staff and volunteers assisting with distribution. The staging area will contain relief supplies such as cleanup and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks that will then be transported down to major affected communities all along the Gulf Coast. We need your help
This is a very big and ongoing storm, and the full extent of damage or the entire Red Cross response isnt known as Isaac continues its march. What we do know is that the Red Cross response to Isaac is already large and that it will go on for a long time.Our current best estimate is that Red Cross relief services for Isaac could cost as much as tens of millions of dollars. A year ago, the Red Cross spent $18 million to provide shelter, food, comfort and hope to people affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
We havent raised anywhere near the millions of dollars we will need for the Isaac response. But the public has always come through for us when Americans need help.After a difficult summer of helping people affected by wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched thin. We need your help now.
To donate, go to http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations. You may also send a text message to REDCROSS to 90999; call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or print a donation form that can be mailed to the Red Cross. There are other ways to donate. Visit www.redcross.org for more information.