American Red Cross Indiana Region Hurricane Ida Emergency Response

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana region of the American Red Cross is deploying volunteers and emergency response vehicles to help those affected by Hurricane Ida.

In Washington, President Joe Biden called Ida “very dangerous” and urged Americans “to be careful and to prepare”. He spoke Saturday at the start of a virtual briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell on preparing for the storm.

Ida was on the verge of hitting Louisiana 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana. The Category 3 storm caused dike ruptures and catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, which took years to recover.

“Hurricane Ida will have a huge impact on many people on the Gulf Coast, but our Red Cross volunteers are preparing for disasters of this magnitude,” said Chad Priest, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross – Indiana region. “Our volunteers will be there before, during and after the storm to help communities in their recovery efforts. “

Volunteers will help people with shelter, emotional and mental support, emergency relief and recovery assistance to guide them in their next steps after Hurricane Ida. Vehicles are deployed to help with storage and volunteers distribute food, water and supplies to those affected.

The Indiana region of the American Red Cross said donations and volunteers are needed to help deal with Hurricane Ida and other disasters locally and nationally.

People can learn how to become a member of a disaster response team by visiting www.croixrouge.org/dat. People can donate by visiting redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting REDCROSS at 90999 to donate $ 10.

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