WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hurricane Dolly pounded Southeast Texas yesterday leaving high floodwaters and debris. And it’s not over yet. With wind gusts of 60 mph, Tropical Storm Dolly remains an intense storm that will affect residents for the next few days. The American Red Cross is prepared to respond with more than 30 mobile response vehicles and more than 120 volunteers in the area.
As some return home to assess the damage, others are beginning to evacuate as the storm moves westward. Because affected areas are impacted with rising floodwaters, the Red Cross is cautioning residents to be aware of their surroundings. Floodwaters 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, residents should get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
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 – the site allows family and friends across the state and around the country to know of their status. The Safe and Well Web site is an easy way to assist people seeking information about the well-being of those who have registered their status during this emergency.
The American Red Cross shares tips for after the storm:
— Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for instructions.
— If you evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
— In case of a power outage, use flashlights in the dark; do not use candles.
— In case of a power outage, do not open the refrigerator or freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a couple of hours at least. A freezer that is half full will hold for up to 24 hours and a full freezer for 48 hours.
— Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors, including inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.
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.