Red Cross Urges Caution as Heavy Rains Pound Acadiana

Download the Red Cross Flood App to stay up-to-date on flood watches and warnings

SCOTT, La., Friday, July 18, 2014 — As flash flooding continues to threaten Acadiana residents and others throughout South Louisiana, the American Red Cross urges people to be aware of the flooding threat and offers steps they can take to remain safe.

“The American Red Cross is prepared for the possibility of severe flooding,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “Trained Red Cross workers have been in communication with local emergency management officials to prepare for a response.”

Flash floods occur suddenly as waters rise rapidly along streams or in low-lying areas. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible in the area. A flash flood warning means flooding is already happening or will occur soon.

If your neighborhood is under a flash flood watch, you should prepare now in case you are ordered to leave the area. Make sure you’re prepared with the following items, important for many types of disaster:

·      A three-day supply of water – a gallon of water per person for everyone in the household.

·      A three-day supply of non-perishable food for household members.

·      A flashlight and battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and extra batteries.

·      A first aid kit.

·      Medications and medical items such as glasses, contact lenses and canes.

·      Sanitation and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes.

·      Important papers like deeds to homes and insurance policies.

·      Extra cash.

If a flood warning
is issued for your community, you should head for higher ground and stay there. Other safety steps include:

·      Stay away from floodwaters. If you are walking and encounter flooding, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are driving, turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

·      Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

·      Keep children out of the water.

To help you prepare and recover, you can download the free Red Cross FLOOD APP, which has resources developed by experts on how to prepare for flooding and everything that comes with it. This free app gives digital users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

Full details about how to stay safe during flooding are available in the preparedness section of this web site. You can also download the Red Cross flooding safety checklist.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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