Twenty-one Red Cross volunteers from Missouri have deployed to the Gulf Coast to help with Hurricane Isaac recovery.
The Red Cross reports that last night, more than five thousand people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in six states.
More are expected to come today.
The Plaquemines Parish — in the southern tip of Louisiana’s boot — was one of the hardest hit. A levy was overtopped and several roof-top rescues have been reported. Residents there say it was worse than what they saw during Katrina, which hit seven years ago today.
Right now, there are more than 2,700 trained Red Cross disaster workers in those states ready to help those in need. The Red Cross has activated about 190 emergency response vehicles in those states and from around the country to help in relief efforts- that’s more than half of the national fleet.
For the latest information on the Red Cross response efforts, visit http://newsroom.redcross.org/.
HOW TO HELP: Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.