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Floridians Look to Red Cross for Food, Shelter
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Red Cross
 
August 22, 2008

More than 2,000 Florida residents have taken refuge in American Red Cross shelters and meals and snacks have been provided to about 15,000 people.

A number of shelters remain open, with others set to open as necessary as the storm continues to move. Emergency Response Vehicles are visible throughout the state. Where flood waters are receding, officials are surveying the damage Fay left behind.

Prepping the Emergency Response Vehicle for deployment
Prepping the Emergency Response Vehicle for deployment: Tony Rivera (inside the vehicle) and Gonzalez Vicente stocking supplies.
Photo Courtesy Cynthia Gutierrez-White/American Red Cross.

Anyone who is in Fay’s predicted path is urged to get ready now. Visit www.redcross.org for information on what to do to get ready, as well as safety tips to follow before, during, and after the storm. Register yourself on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, which allows anyone affected by Fay, or any disaster, to let loved ones know of their well-being. If you don’t have internet access, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) - representatives are available to help you register.

If you are using a generator, do not attempt to use it indoors, including inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed area, even with ventilation. Be sure to place the generator away from open windows, doors or vents leading into your home. Install battery-operated carbon dioxide alarms in your home. Keep the generator dry. Be sure to turn the generator off and allow it to cool before refueling. Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord.

Red Cross Disaster Relief expended all available funds responding to Hurricane Dolly, a record tornado season, wide-scale flooding in the Midwest and an early wildfire season. Those who would like to help the Red Cross help victims of disaster, and those seeking more information about assistance or shelter locations should call their local Red Cross chapter or toll free at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 Tropical Storm Fay, 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-REDCROSS 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, DC20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.



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