Over 40 people have taken refuge in Red Cross shelters over the last two days.
Tampa Bay, Florida, Tuesday, August 4, 2015…The American Red Cross of Central Florida continues to support residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties after the recent flooding.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson to accommodate people evacuated early this morning from the Oaks View Apartments.
Other shelters currently open include the First Presbyterian Church in Port Richey and the Bible Based Fellowship Church in Temple Terrace.
As the water recedes, Red Cross volunteers will be going through affected neighborhoods assessing the damage and determining the needs of the residents who are beginning to clean up their homes. Red Cross mobile feeding units will also be canvassing the neighborhoods distributing water and snacks to residents.
Red Cross will begin to assist residents in recovery efforts as soon as homes are accessible and determination is made as to the livability of the homes. At that time, Red Cross will begin distributing clean-up kits containing mops, buckets, bleach, trash bags, rakes, and more to help people whose homes have been damaged by the flood.
As the water recedes, Red Cross reminds residents to be aware of risks and dangers associated with floods. Items to have on hand include:
- Insect repellent
- Sun screen
- Heavy boots
- Hand sanitizer
- Lots of water (stay hydrated)
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HOW TO COPE
Recovering from any disaster is stressful for people in the flood’s path and even more frightening for residents who have faced disasters in the past. The Red Cross offers these steps people can take to support each other during this difficult time:
- Take time to take care of yourself and your family. Reach out to others to offer and receive support.
- Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
- Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
- Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration, anxiety or difficulty sleeping.
- Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.