ST.LOUIS, Mo - Starting 6 a.m. Monday, St. Louis Broadcasters for Louisiana Flood Victims will begin a united effort to encourage donations for the American Red Cross response in Louisiana. All stations are invited to participate! A volunteer phone bank opens Monday, August 22, 2016 through Sunday, August 28, for listeners/viewers to call and make a donation. The phone bank, at the American Red Cross Headquarters, 10195 Corporate Square Drive, will be open from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.
Emmis GM John Beck initiated this fundraiser. Currently participating stations include all Emmis stations, KSHE-95, NOW 963, 105.7 The POINT and FM NewsTalk 97.1; all three Hubbard Stations, 106.5 The Arch, 92.3 WIL, 101ESPN; CBS Radio stations, 1120 KMOX and Y-98 FM and all iHeartRadio stations, Z107.7, 93.7The Bull, 103.3 KLOU, 100.3 The Beat, Wild 104.9, Halleluja AM 1600 and Louie 103.7.
A week after devastating flooding hit Louisiana, the American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food and comfort to thousands of people impacted by the massive disaster. The relief organization will be on the ground in the weeks and months to come helping residents recover. The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Early estimates predict the massive Red Cross response in Louisiana will cost more than $30 million – and this number may grow.
More than 1,000 Red Crossers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are on the ground helping in Louisiana. In addition, hundreds of local volunteers are supporting relief efforts.
According to meteorologists, more than 6.9 trillion gallons of rain – enough water to fill 10.4 million Olympic pools – deluged Louisiana last week. Local officials reported that more than 40,000 homes have been damaged. Many areas are still inaccessible and more rain is predicted, which could lead to additional flooding.
During the first tragic days, more than 50 Red Cross and community shelters provided refuge for more than 10,000 people. Red Cross mental health disaster workers are visiting shelters to offer comfort. Health services volunteers are helping with things like lost eyeglasses and medications.
The Red Cross mobilized disaster response vehicles and trailer-loads of shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts. Those supplies include water, personal hygiene items, insect repellant, cleaning kits, bleach and other critical cleanup tools.