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American Red Cross on the Gulf Coast: Storms Coming and Going
Date:8/4/2008

Hurricane Dolly Effects Linger as Tropical Storm Edouard Approaches

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricane season is in full swing, with Tropical Storm Edouard churning in the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Dolly having just left. As some Red Cross workers continue to provide for the needs of people whose homes were flooded and damaged by winds from Hurricane Dolly, others are being dispatched to prepare for potential hurricane conditions along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

With more than 1 million meals and snacks served and nearly 5,000 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters for victims of Hurricane Dolly, Red Cross services are vital to recovery efforts. At the same time that residents stranded by Dolly remain in Red Cross shelters, preparation activities must continue for Tropical Storm Edouard. Routes used to transport Red Cross people and supplies, including food, cots, blankets and cleanup kits, are well-traveled in Texas and Louisiana because several storms threaten the coast each year.

Residents are being urged to prepare for high winds, flooding and widespread power outages along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. This area was affected by Hurricane Rita during the historic 2005 hurricane season, so people in threatened areas know how to prepare for Tropical Storm Edouard. The Red Cross offers the following reminders:

-- Monitor media reports. Watch TV, listen to AM/FM or NOAA weather radio and check the Internet for updates.

-- Review or develop a family communication plan so you will know how to contact each other and where to meet. Identify an out-of-area contact person that family members and friends can call if you are separated from one another.

-- Register with the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site. If you are affected by a disaster, this public site provides a way for you to register yourself and communicate your well-being to your family members. You can input information directly
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