IEEE-USA MOVE Team Assisting with Flood Relief Efforts in Baton Rouge, LA

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With lessons learned from last month’s deployment to West Virginia, the IEEE-USA MOVE team has arrived in Baton Rouge, LA and is ready to use their unique skills and capabilities to assist the Red Cross with critical infrastructure needs.

American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with a safe place to stay and food to eat despite closed roads and continued flooding making it challenging to get relief supplies to where they are needed.

“The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.”

Monday night more than 8,400 people sought refuge in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. More than 1,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers have been mobilized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help with the Louisiana relief efforts.

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Source: American Red Cross