Disaster Alert: Wildfire in Nebraska

March 28, 2014

Disaster Alert

Nebraska – A large grass burned several miles of land and destroyed cattle in Howard County on Thursday.

The Central Plains Chapter deployed Team Members who provided canteen services for emergency responders.

Disaster Update: Building Collapse in NY

March 12, 2014

New York –  The American Red Cross Greater New York region is providing assistance to those affected by this morning’s building explosion at 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem. 

Several teams of Red Cross disaster responders, including mental health professionals, are at the scene. A Red Cross reception center has been opened at nearby PS 57 for affected residents and their family members.

Disaster Alert: Winter Storm in KY/WV/TN/MT

March 3, 2014

Kentucky / West Virginia:
A wintry mix of heavy snow, sleet, rain, and freezing rain continued to impact the two states as the storm moves into the Northeast overnight. The Red Cross is continuing to monitor the situation and has mobilized resources in anticipation of response to the storm.

A storm system dumped ice and snow that caused major road hazards and left thousands of residents without power in the state on Sunday. The Red Cross participated in conference calls, communicated with local and state Emergency Management Agencies, and placed shelter and shelter teams on stand-by.

An avalanche at an urban area in Missoula County made roads in accessible to homes and destroyed at least one residence. The Red Cross deployed Disaster Action Team Members, opened a shelter for residents within the affected area and provided feeding to first responders at a warming center.

Disaster Update: American Red Cross Responding to Namibia Drought with Disaster Specialist

January 29, 2014

Namibia is suffering from severe drought conditions after one of the driest rainy seasons in decades.  The lack of available water is causing a strain on local farmers resulting in food shortage and loss of livestock. Cholera and malnutrition cases are increasing, likely due to the shortage of safe water sources and poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

In May 2013, the government of Namibia declared a state of emergency for the estimated 331,000 people living in rural areas affected by the drought.

Since the beginning of this operation, the Namibia Red Cross has worked alongside the global Red Cross network and other humanitarian partners to develop an operations plan and complete needs assessments. The Namibia Red Cross is providing support by delivering assistance in water, food security, and cash grants and is aiming to reach 55,000 people.

In July 2013, the American Red Cross committed $70,000 to the International Federation appeal to support the response operation. This contribution will help the Namibia Red Cross provide immediate relief including food, emergency relief items, and cash grants to the affected populations. As of January 2014, the American Red Cross has also deployed one specialist to support the Namibia Red Cross with the distribution of cash grants for food.

For more information on the disaster, visit http://www.redcross.org.na/.

Disaster Update: American Red Cross Contributes $50,000 to Zimbabwe Food Security

January 29, 2014

The American Red Cross is contributing $50,000 to help those affected by food insecurity caused by drought and below-normal rainfall in Zimbabwe.

The disaster has impacted approximately 2.2 million people—a 32 percent increase since March 2013—primarily in the southern regions of the country. For the past three years, the late onset of rainfall followed by prolonged dry spells, poor agricultural practices and limited access to goods have contributed to a smaller harvest and worsening food security situation.

The Zimbabwe Red Cross is coordinating with the government, partners from the global Red Cross network, and other international organizations to implement food security, water and sanitation, and disaster management programs. With these partners, the Zimbabwe Red Cross hopes to reach 10,500 people with cash grants, agricultural supplies, and water and sanitation activities. Along with providing immediate life-saving needs, they aim to strengthen the affected communities with support for rural farming/gardening and income generation.

The American Red Cross contribution will help the Zimbabwe Red Cross provide immediate relief to the affected populations including cash grants for food, water, and agriculture support.

For more information on the disaster, visit http://www.redcrosszim.org.zw/. To read about a recent visit to American Red Cross programming in Zimbabwe, visit our blog.

Disaster Alert: Winter Storm Response in AL, LA, MS, FL, GA

January 29, 2014

Disaster Alert

Alabama – Many motorists have been stranded by a severe winter storm passing through the state.

The region has opened about ten shelters and is supporting one.

Louisiana - A strong winter storm caught motorists by surprise leaving them stranded.The region has opened five shelters and is supporting one. The chapter has staff on site at the GOHSEP EOC and in Lafayette Parish.

Mississippi - A winter weather resulting in a blizzard stranded motorists in parts of the state yesterday.

The chapter collaborated with the Mississippi Emergency Management Administration and staffed the local Emergency Operations Center.
Chapter provided supplies and meals to a shelter opened by the local EMA.
Chapter supplied cots, snacks and blankets to stranded travelers.

Florida – A winter weather system is expected in the region within the next 24-48 hours.

The North Florida Region volunteers have opened two shelters and are in communication with Emergency Managers.

Georgia – A winter storm dumped a higher than expected amount of ice in the northern parts of the state causing commuter traffic problems and resulting in a traffic gridlock. Many motorists were stranded by the storm.

The region is supporting seven shelters.


Disaster Alert: Flood in Massachusetts

January 6, 2014

Disaster Alert

Massachusetts – 

A water main break caused flooding that affected a complex in Middlesex County and prompted the evacuations of scores of residents on Sunday.

Team Members from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay Chapter supported a shelter with human as well as material resources and provided Mass Care.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Minnesota

January 6, 2014

Disaster Alert

Minnesota – A propane explosion heavily damaged homes Hennepin County and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents within the affected area on Sunday.

The American Red Cross of the Twin Cities Chapter deployed Team Members and provided individual assistance to disaster victims as needed.

Disaster Alert: Cold Weather in Indiana

January 6, 2014

Disaster Alert

Indiana – The Polar Vortex brought severely cold temperatures and precipitation that affected residents and travelers within the state since Sunday.

Chapters in the regions deployed Team Members, opened 14 shelters and are ready to provide supplementary assistance if needed.

Disaster Alert: Tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri

November 18, 2013

Disaster Alert

Illinois – A series of severe thunderstorms caused tornado activity in several portions of the state, destroyed scores of homes, damaged others, closed roads, left thousands of residents without power and prompted evacuations on Sunday.  Multiple deaths and injuries reported.

Chapters within the region conducted call downs, deployed Team Members, dispatched Emergency Response Vehicles, opened several shelters overnight and provided Mass Care to evacuees.  

Indiana – Severe storms with tornado activity destroyed and damaged homes and left hundreds of residents without power throughout several portions of the state on Sunday.  Multiple injuries reported. 

Chapters within the region deployed Team Members, opened a reception center as well as shelters and provided Mass Care.

Kentucky – Severe thunderstorms that affected the Midwest also caused tornado activity that destroyed and damaged homes in Henderson and Union Counties on Sunday. 

The chapter deployed Team Members and opened a reception center to provide assistance to residents within the affected area.

Missouri – Tornado activity from a severe storm affected several homes in Scott County on Sunday.

The Southeast Missouri Chapter deployed Team Members to assess damage and provided assistance to affected-area residents if needed.

The Southern Missouri region is on stand-by and ready to provide Mutual Aid to Illinois.


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