Jan 12, 2013 1:45 PM by katc
American Red Cross volunteers have been working throughout south Louisiana since Wednesday in response to storm-related needs, coordinating with parish officials, responding to residents' needs, assessing damages and staying on top of developments.
As more rain and storms are expected this weekend, the Red Cross encourages residents to stay aware of their surroundings and listen to the media for critical information.
Floodwaters, winds and a tornado have affected hundreds of homes from Calcasieu Parish through the Florida Parishes, where Red Cross volunteers have been and will continue to be.
Residents also have called (800-256-4733) or stopped by their local Red Cross office for their disaster-caused needs.
· Pick a safe place wherever you are to gather during a thunderstorm. Make sure you're away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken.
· Bring items inside that could blow around or cause damage.
· Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
· Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
· Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
· Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
· Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
If you're returning home after flood waters have receded
· Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
· Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
· If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
· Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!