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Red Cross Tips For Isaac

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Here are a few talking points from the Central Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross and their preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac:

  • The Cenla Chapter shelters are on standby, ready to open if required.  Volunteers from throughout the community have been alerted and training is being conducted. The shelter operations training, required of volunteers at any of our Red Cross shelters, will be conducted at 425 Bolton Avenue, Alexandria La. at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.  Call Susan Singleton at 318-442-6621 or email at susan.singleton@redcross.org to sign up.
  • There are five Red Cross shelters in the central Louisiana area on standby, though many more have been identified in the event they are needed. If a Red Cross shelter is opened, the public will be notified by its official authorities.
  • The Hurricane App is available as a free download for both IPhone and Android, and features shelter locations, storm and weather updates.
  • More than 1,500 Red Cross volunteers and staff have been deployed across the Gulf Coast to assist in relief efforts.

Once people download the Hurricane App, they have instant access to critical action steps instructing what to do before, during and after hurricanes even without mobile connectivity. Users can monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it.

Features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories that users can share on social networks;
  • Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
  • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
  • One touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to reassure family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm's way;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

With the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Red Cross is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers to Florida and preparing to open dozens of shelters across the state if needed. The Red Cross urges individuals and families to take personal preparedness steps and download the Hurricane App to get ready for the storm now.

The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.

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