The death toll has reached at least seven in Louisiana while the historic floods continue to drench the state.
Louisiana has already seen over 20 inches of rain and the downpour isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.
This week, 12 American Red Cross volunteers from across Central Pennsylvania are either already in Louisiana or are on their way there to help with recovery efforts.
“This is an extraordinary event,” Allen White Jr., the Disaster Program Specialist of the South Central Pa. American Red Cross Chapter, says, “And the state of Louisiana needs extraordinary support.”
The floods have already displaced thousands.
But when disaster strikes, the Four-State has proven time and time again that they are here to help.
“I think it means that they [the victims] know they’re not alone,” White says, “I think to them it’s a burden that may be lifted off of them.”
Several Red Cross chapters across Central Pa. including Fulton and Franklin Counties are sending supplies…
“Anything from blankets to water to clean-up kits,” White explains, “So once the residents go home, they have buckets and mops and brooms… to eventually return to normalcy.”
The volunteers down in Louisiana volunteer in shelters to aid those victims the Louisiana National Guard has rescued.
“Once those residents are rescued, we make sure they’re taken care of,” White says, “So that they have their basic needs and that they’re reconnected with their families.”
But to continue helping victims, Red Cross chapters across the Four-State are now asking for the community’s help.
The Red Cross needs these critical donations – medical kits, cleaning supplies, blankets and anything else the community may be able to provide to help these victims survive and return to normalcy eventually.
“What we encourage folks to do is to consider giving their time,” White says. “Becoming a trained disaster volunteer with the Red Cross allows those volunteers to help not only their immediate community, but when something like the flooding in Louisiana occurs, they can help with that too, even just from their home state.”
To donate or volunteer, visit www.redcross.org to find the chapter closest to you.