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Red Cross provides flood clean up tips

ATLANTA (PRESS RELEASE) – With forecasts predicting a slight break in the weather for many regions affected by ongoing flooding in Georgia, the American Red Cross is urging people to remain vigilant into the weekend. Residents in several areas pushed out of their homes by flooding are still waiting for waters to recede, and the impact of recent rain on already swollen rivers has the potential to worsen in the coming days.

“Today, we’re helping some families begin the first phases of the cleanup process, “said Eric Corliss, Red Cross Disaster Officer for Georgia. “We’re also still actively coordinating with state and local emergency partners, keeping a close eye on river levels. If the situation takes a turn, our volunteers and shelter supplies are ready to go.”

As of this morning, Red Cross caseworkers are working with 125 families affected by the recent severe weather and flooding across the state. In coming days, volunteers will be distributing flood clean up kits including mops, buckets, bleach, rubber gloves and other materials residents need as they return home. This is just a piece of the relief efforts happening nationwide offering recovery to families hit hardest by weather disasters this week.

FLOOD CLEANUP TIPS

  • 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.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous
  • Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • 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!

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP 

The threat of flooding continues in portions of Georgia. We encourage people to remain vigilant and to download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information and shelter locations at their fingertips. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps and can help people know what to do before, during and after a flood disaster.

PLEASE HELP NOW

Red Cross volunteers are supporting people affected by severe weather nationwide right now – and we need your help. The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by disasters big and small. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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