NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2022 – The Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross has sent 28 volunteers to Florida, Puerto Rico and Alaska to help with Hurricane Ian, Hurricane Fiona and Typhoon Merbok disaster relief efforts. More volunteers could be deployed to the areas in the coming days.
HURRICANE IAN RESPONSE
In preparation for Hurricane Ian, the American Red Cross has moved hundreds of trained volunteers from across the country and tens of thousands of relief supplies to Florida and is opening dozens of shelters to make sure people have a safe place to ride out the storm. The Red Cross is working closely with partners and local officials to ensure help is available when and where people need it most.
Now a Category 3 hurricane, Ian could grow to a Category 4 storm as it begins to impact millions of people in Florida. Tampa could suffer its first direct hit from a hurricane in over 100 years.
As communities in Florida and throughout the Southeast prepare for the wrath of Hurricane Ian, it’s a reminder to take preparedness steps here in the Tennessee Region.
5 steps you can take today to prepare your family and community –
• Create an evacuation plan. Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and if you have to evacuate.
• Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for infants or pets, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.
• Include pets in your planning. Pets are part of the family. Have your animal crate, supplies, medications and food ready to go should a disaster hit.
• Give blood. The need for blood is constant. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.
• Stay informed. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.
There is an urgent need for shelter volunteers:
The Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross is hosting fast track shelter trainings for people interested in volunteering. Each shelter training will take four hours to complete and will cover all the required courses needed to become a shelter worker. Everyone is welcome to attend the first hour to learn more about Red Cross available opportunities and if interested, stay for the remainder of the training. The Heart of Tennessee Chapter, located at 501 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, have these times available to learn more about volunteering.
Thursday, Sept. 29: 9:00 a.m. and at 2:00 pm, and on Saturday, Oct. 1: 9:00 a.m. CST
You can also apply to volunteer online at redcross.org/volunteertoday, or call 800-Red-Cross, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.