Red Cross launches emergency plans in Haiti

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The American Red Cross on Monday activated its emergency plans in Haiti. Government officials say Hurricane Tomas could potentially be the gravest hurricane threat to the country since Hurricane Ike in 2008, according to the agency.

Tomas could start affecting Haiti as early as Tuesday, causing heavy rain and strong winds that could affect communities living along the country's southern coast, according to the Red Cross.

Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in makeshift camps in and around the capital Port-au-Prince due to the Jan. 12 earthquake.

The Red Cross has been preparing for the threat of a hurricane since February.

Emergency stocks for 17,000 families are in Haiti and ready to be deployed to disaster-affected communities, according to the Red Cross. Supplies for 8,000 families have also been called in from the Red Cross network's regional logistics hub in Panama.

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