Louisiana Red Cross Volunteers to Respond to Kentucky
At least nine Louisiana Red Cross volunteers are deploying to eastern Kentucky to support disaster relief efforts following devastating flash flooding this week, Louisiana Red Cross Chief Executive Officer Shawn Schulze said.
The Louisiana volunteers hail from throughout the state, including Baton Rouge, Bogalusa, Denham Springs, Fort Polk, Jackson, New Orleans and Oakdale. After arriving in Kentucky, they will help the American Red Cross provide safe shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support, health support and recovery assistance to families affected by the flooding.
Several shelters have opened in response to the flooding, and more than 250 people sought safe shelter Thursday night.
“I extend my deepest sympathy to everyone affected by the tragic flooding in Kentucky,” Schulze said. “Louisiana sends its love and support, and our volunteers are prepared to provide care and comfort for as long as needed. I’m beyond proud that so many Louisiana volunteers are willing to raise their hands to help – to set aside their personal lives for weeks to help people in need – and am honored to work with such an inspiring group of people.”
Volunteers, who make up 90% of the Red Cross workforce, allow the organization to respond to disasters in their hometowns, as well as disasters across the country. More information to volunteer is available at redcross.org/volunteer.