Let me introduce you to Emily. Tropical Storm Emily. While I don’t know her all that well (after all we just met!). I have a feeling we may get close.
So, I’m taking her seriously. And you should too.
By that I mean you should prepare, prepare, prepare for the possibility of this storm affecting you. Click here for info on how! At the Red Cross, prepare is our middle name. Right now Red Cross chapters from Florida to North Carolina are coordinating with local emergency officials and ensuring that shelters, relief supplies and volunteers are ready to help if coastal communities are threatened.
Just so you know, Red Cross work starts long before a tropical storm makes landfall. In fact, we keep a variety of supplies and equipment on stand by year round to be ready to help people in need. For example, we have 26 warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, more than 60,000 trained workers and more than 320 mobile response vehicles ready to respond.
The Red Cross needs about $378 million every year to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters ranging from a house fire involving one family to other disasters like hurricanes impacting entire communities.
You can help people affected by disasters by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.
By Laureen Martinez with contributions from the American Red Cross.