Communication Partner Update 10/10/20
Wishful thinking. When I wrote you
last weekend I said it would be our last TX update on Hurricane
Laura. But fate intervened. As Delta's storm track clarified, we
course stopped encouraging folks to return home. 51 days after
starting our Disaster Response on Hurricane Laura Red Cross is
helping to support 8,300 Hurricane Laura evacuees sheltered in
across Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Delta track hit many of the Parishes impacted by HUR Laura
Last night an additional 1,000 evacuees from Hurricane Delta sought refuge in 6 Evacuation shelters in East Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Based on the overnight flooding I expect these numbers will increase today.
Before the storm - Stocking up to set up shelters and preposition 60,000 ready to eat meals
As the night progressed it was sad to
watch the good work the power companies did over the last months
restore power. Many of the same communities that were impacted
before were once again plunged into darkness. By morning 800,000
Customers were without power across TX, LA, and MS.
We were able to preposition people and material before the storm. The Disaster Relief effort in Louisiana was made part of the Area command covering Louisiana and Texas. A separate Disaster relief effort was organized for Alabama and Mississippi.
800 Trained Red Cross workers were supporting the effort on Laura and Delta in Louisiana and Texas. I don't have insight in the resources for the AL/MS effort at this time.
These volunteers are Emergency Response Vehicle drivers. A key element in our logistics for delivery of equipment, meals, and shelter set up.
We were also able to set up Emergency shelters and push 60,000 Ready to eat meals along with shelter and relief supplies.
At the moment our principle concerns are flooding, power lines, generator safety, power outage safety. Our main mission to shelter, feed, and maintain communication with government officials and other voluntary groups active in disaster.
Most of our boots on the ground folks were moved into the shelters where our clients are staying so that they would be available as evacuees arrived. We lock down travel for safety when tropical force winds appear, and the reengage when safe.