American Red Cross Provides Care After Historic Christmas Day Snow Storm
Arkansas, Dec.26 — American Red Cross in Arkansas continues to respond to disaster relief needs caused by a historic Christmas Day snowfall. Damage caused by the storm resulted in Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe declaring a state of emergency. The Arkansas National Guard has been activated to help with ambulance transportation.
As much as a foot of snow fell across Arkansas Christmas Day and night, after freezing rains, sleet and thunder snow began Tuesday morning. At the storm’s height, more than 250,000 residents were without power as ice snapped trees onto power lines and damaged several electrical sub-stations. Entergy Arkansas, Inc. has called in an additional 4,000 linemen from other states to assist Entergy crews in restoring power as soon as possible. Initial estimates place full restoration after the start of the New Year.
Red Cross Disaster Responders worked creatively to provide disaster relief during the snow storm as seven residential fires displaced residents, and winds in excess of 40 miles per hour downed trees into homes.
At the request of local officials, the Red Cross is supporting five shelters with cots, blankets, food and beverages at the following locations:
- BISHOP PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 6401 Boone Road, Bryant
- NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST, 917 N East Street, Benton
- NORTH LITTLE ROCK COMMUNITY CENTER, 2700 Willow Street, North Little Rock
- JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, #5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
- McGEE CENTER, 3800 College Avenue, Conway
For your comfort, please bring the following items with you to the shelter:
- Any prescription or emergency medications you need, as well as medical supplies (diabetic, asthma, etc.)
- Any special foods for special dietary needs
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)
- Special snacks you enjoy
- Supply of diapers, baby formula
- Quiet play things for children. Don’t forget something for you too such as magazines or books.
- Headphones/ear buds for games, phones, etc.
- Remember extra batteries, phone cords.
- Pillows and if the kids have special blankets or comfort items
- Identification and contact list you may need
- With many Arkansans using fireplaces as their primary heating source due to power outages, the Red Cross reminds the public to restrict usage if your fireplace has not been recently inspected. This need was punctuated today, as a fire within a burning fireplace destroyed a Benton home. The following tips are also suggested:
- Do not use a fireplace that has not been recently inspected for safety
- Always use a fireplace screen
- Do not leave burning fires unattended
- Keep bedding, rugs, furniture and any other item that can burn at least three feet away from blaze