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Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical Storm Debby is expected to produce more than a foot of rain on parts of Florida over the next several days, forcing evacuations, making roads impassable and causing major damage to homes across the state.

Some areas in Florida could see as much as 25 inches of rain as the storm lingers off the Florida coastline. Residents of low-lying areas are under mandatory evacuations, many are without power, roads and bridges are closed, and tornadoes are threatening many communities. Several Red Cross shelters where opened last night and many more remain on standby.

Currently the focus of Red Cross volunteers is to provide families with a dry and safe place to stay and to help residents manage the stress and fear that accompanies all disasters.

The full impact of this storm will continue to unfold over the next couple of weeks. You can be the heart and hands of the Red Cross by helping provide shelter, food, comfort and hope to those in need.


As the Red Cross responded to the storms in Florida over the weekend, supplies and resources continue to be prepared:

  • 20 Emergency Response Vehicles have been placed on standby.
  • Resources such as volunteers and shelter trailers containing items such as cots, and clean up kits have been placed on standby across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
  • Emergency Services Leadership Teams were activated several days ago to ensure that personnel, equipment and supplies were readily available. 
  • 8 shelters are currently open in Florida, and many more are on standby.
  • Disaster Assessment teams are standing by to determine the extent of the needs of those affected.


If you are affected by the storm be prepared to evacuate if necessary and stay away from floodwaters. If you encounter flooded roads, do not drive through the water.

  • Bring outdoor belongings, such as patio furniture, indoors. Unsecured items may be swept away.
  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
  • Get your pre-assembled disaster supplies ready. You may need to act quickly.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
  • Be prepared to evacuate. Local officials may ask you to leave if they truly feel your home is at risk.
  • Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water.

People can help those affected by disasters like flooding, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

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This entry was posted on June 25, 2012 by in Uncategorized.

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