Disaster Alert: Blizzard in Nebraska

April 14, 2014

Disaster Alert

Nebraska – Blizzard conditions closed roads, stranded travelers and affected residents in Phelps County on Sunday.

Team members from the Central Plains Chapter set up a shelter to meet the needs of stranded motorists and residents within the affected area.


Disaster Alert: Train Derailment in Mississippi

March 28, 2014

Disaster Alert

Mississippi – Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross East Central and South Mississippi Chapters are providing on-scene canteen support for first responders involved in a train derailment in Ellisville, Miss. Red Cross volunteers will remain on-scene and provided food and beverage as long as needed. Jones County Emergency Manager Marda Tullos requested Red Cross canteen services to support the responders.


Disaster Alert: Severe Weather in Missouri

March 28, 2014

Disaster Alert

Missouri – A severe thunderstorm with possible tornado activity caused damages in Grundy County on Thursday.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter offered services to affected residents.


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.

Tennessee:
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.

Montana:
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/.


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