Hurricane Dolly made landfall Wednesday morning as a Category 2 storm drenching the coast of Texas with torrential rain. Forecasters are predicting up to 15 inches of rain in some isolated areas. The American Red Cross responded quickly to the storm by supporting an open shelter in San Antonio the day before, which was already housing 198 evacuees by midnight, hours before the storm made landfall.
The shelter provides food, drinks and a safe place to rest for those affected by the storm evacuation. The Red Cross has additional shelters locations on standby should mandatory evacuations be issued. More than 200 volunteers and staff have been deployed to the area to assist at the shelters and 40 Emergency Response Vehicles are on standby.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescription and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification 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
Those seeking more information about assistance or shelter locations should call the Red Cross toll free at 1-800-RED CROSS.
People in storm-ravaged communities are urged to register themselves and their loved ones on the Safe and Well Web site at www.redcross.org to allow family and friends across the state and around the country know of their status. The Safe and Well Web site is an easy way to assist people seeking to locate those who've registered their status during this emergency.
As Dolly continues to move inland, the American Red Cross is urging all residents to be alert for tornadoes, which are often trigged by passing hurricanes. If a tornado does threaten, residents should remain indoors, in the center of their home, in a closet or bathroom without windows until the threat is over.
Residents should also avoid all floodwaters, which are often deceptively deep and quick moving. Drivers are urged not to attempt to cross floodwaters. Instead, if a flooded road is encountered, residents should turn around and find an alternate route. If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, resident should get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
How You Can Help
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like Hurricane Dolly, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.