On the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast and American Red Cross volunteers are preparing to respond. You can visit here for more information. If you are concerned about family and friends in the affected areas, you can search to see if they have registered themselves as “safe and well” by clicking here.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. To find out how you can get involved, click here.
While I personally enjoy watching thunderstorms roll in, I would not stick around to observe a hurricane. Evacuating BEFORE disaster strikes can save lives, and taking shelter in a safe environment is the smart thing to do. Unless you just want to be seen, standing on your roof, wearing your nightgown on the six o’clock news. Hey, some people do.