ITC Supports Red Cross Response to Detroit Flooding

 

From April 30-May 1, Metro Detroit experienced record rainfall, as much as 3.5 inches in some areas. The result in some communities was devastating. At ITC we are part of the communities we serve. We are proud to support the efforts of the American Red Cross, which responded to the flooding with emergency supplies to help restore affected areas in the aftermath of the storms. 

“The American Red Cross provides essential services to those affected by disasters both near and far. When the Governor declared a state of emergency for Wayne County, so close to home, we knew we had to help,” said ITC’s Donna Zalewski.

On May 21, the American Red Cross provided the following update:

“Detroit Flooding Response Update: 

As the flood waters recede across Southeast Michigan, we extend our gratitude to our volunteers who have tirelessly stepped up to assist this resilient and diverse community that was seriously impacted by a series of recent heavy storms.

We also are very grateful for all the support coming from our corporate partners, such as ITC, whose financial contributions enable the Red Cross to help restore the lives of individuals across the nation.

In Michigan, this support assisted our team to place a shelter on standby for the victims of the flooding and prepare for potential increased flood damage that may come in the months ahead. Those staying in a Red Cross shelter are provided comfort kits, consisting of basic personal need items, as well as meals. Our volunteers in the field also have been providing clean up kits directly to flooding victims.”

In the event of flooding, the Red Cross offers the following safety tips:

  • Turn around, don’t drown. Stay off the roads. If you must drive and encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way.
  • If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Head for higher ground and stay there.
  • If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.
  • Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around floodwaters and your home.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • If power lines are down, do not step in puddles or standing water.


photo of a flooded neighborhood




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