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.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Texas

November 14, 2013

Disaster Alert

Texas- Following an explosion in Ellis County, Texas, the American Red Cross is establishing a shelter location for anyone that might need a place to gather until they can safely return home. The shelter will be located at Italy High School, 300 South College, Italy, Texas. At this time, no residents have arrived at the shelter, but as always, the Red Cross will remain ready to serve until the emergency has passed.

Disaster Alert: Philippine Earthquake

October 15, 2013

Disaster Alert

Philippine Red Cross volunteers and staff have been mobilized to assess the damage and respond to immediate needs, following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the Philippines on October 15. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake’s epicenter was about 1.5 miles south of Carmen, on the island of Bohol.

Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of Philippine Red Cross, said the timing of the quake – on a national holiday – had an impact on casualty figures. “It was a strong quake, but while we expect the number of casualties to increase, it could have been worse if people were going on with their routine weekday activities,” she said. “Today is a national holiday, so most people had not yet ventured out of their homes.”

Immediately after the quake struck, Red Cross chapters in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces, mobilized their action teams to undertake a quick survey of damage. The staff and volunteers are working in coordination with local disaster response teams.

Structural damage has been reported in Bohol and Cebu provinces, with the most significant problems in urban centres such as Tagbilaran and Cebu.

Additional Red Cross teams from the national headquarters are being deployed to assist. “We are preparing to send members of our emergency response unit from Manila to support our ground teams who are themselves affected,” Pang said. “We recognize that some of our colleagues in the affected areas are likely to be apprehensive because of aftershocks.”

Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross is actively sending out updates and issuing safety reminders using social media services, including Twitter.

“Our top priority is to save lives and to prevent potential loss of lives that may be caused by aftershocks and collapse of structures whose integrity has been weakened,” Pang said.

The Philippines Red Cross is also continuing to  respond to the needs caused by Typhoon Nari which caused major flooding when it passed over the northern section of the country on October 13th.



Disaster Update: Tornado in South Dakota

October 7, 2013

Disaster Update

South Dakota - National Weather Service reports damages in Jefferson (Union County) due to a tornado yesterday.

The Siouxland Area Chapter will be doing damage assessment to determine the extent of damage.

Disaster Update: Tornadoes in Iowa

October 7, 2013

Disaster Update

Iowa - Severe storms reportedly caused tornadoes that resulted in damage across multiple counties affecting many rural areas yesterday. At this point it appears no large population centers were hit but there are certainly damaged or destroyed homes.

The Siouxland Area Chapter has sent mass care supplies to the damaged area and has staff at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Woodbury. The chapter has identified a shelter location in case a shelter is needed.

Disaster Alert: Blizzard in South Dakota

October 7, 2013

Disaster Alert

South Dakota - An early winter storm dumped several inches of snow and ice causing power outages and road closures in Belle Fourche, Deadwood and Rapid City.

The Black Hills Area Chapter has opened a shelter and will provide food for the residents. Chapter is stocking two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) to support when the storm lifts.

Disaster Alert: Transportation Incident in Tennessee

October 3, 2013

Disaster Alert

Tennessee - A church bus from North Carolina carrying senior adults was involved in a fiery crash on I-40 that killed at least 8 and injured several others in Jefferson County yesterday.

The ARC of Tennessee Mountain Valley set up a hospitality/family center at the hospital and assisted four families with temporary lodging.

Disaster Mental Health and Health Services staff are making contact with clients.

The chapter, the Director of Pastoral Care at the hospital at the University of Tennessee and the Public Health Department are working together.

The Disaster Operations Coordination Center informed the National Transportation and Safety Board.


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