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It's been three weeks since Hurricane Laura devastated East Texas and Louisiana, thousands of people are still without power or water and need assistance. The American Red Cross is there and will be for months to come. In Louisiana alone, nearly 140,000 people don’t have power, and it may take weeks before it’s restored. At least 4,900 homes are either destroyed or have major damage across Louisiana and Texas.
The Red Cross is working closely with partners to provide emergency lodgings, food, water, relief supplies, and other support for people whose lives have been turned upside down during this challenging time. Around 1,300 trained Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts. Dozens of service sites set up by the Red Cross and our partners are available across the hardest hit areas. Thousands of people are visiting daily to get water, food, and emergency relief supplies.
Visit the Red Cross Louisiana Facebook page for details. The Red Cross also has teams of volunteers circulating through accessible neighborhoods to assess the damage and provide food, water, and snacks. With the help of partners, the Red Cross has already served more than 385,000 meals and snacks and distributed nearly 135,000 relief items and cleaning supplies. Volunteers have provided more than 9,500 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs, or provide emotional and spiritual support during this challenging time. This includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses, or other medical equipment. This is only the beginning, recovery from a devastating hurricane like this takes time. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work closely with community and government partners to make sure people get the help that they need to begin rebuilding.
Any donations to help with The Red Cross and their efforts are greatly appreciated. (Infomation and photos from www.redcross.org)