This story is written by Red Crosser Lou Palm.
Outside Florida, hundreds of Red Cross clients remain sheltered from the elements provided a safe environment, food, and disaster relief supplies. Within Florida two shelters remain open providing the same for 49 sheltered residents and several hundred in their homes. This, two weeks following the ravaging of Tropical Storm Debby.
Today Red Cross volunteers from as far away from Sacramento, California remain joined in the Lake City, Florida area staffing shelters, manning disaster relief supply points of distribution, and filling back side roles to support the 350 members of DR 642-12.
Red Cross clients continue to receive bulk disaster relief supplies comprised of clean-up kits, comfort kits, water, tarps, and heater meals. Additionally, client caseworkers continue to provide services to clients including financial assistance where appropriate.
As Red Cross, FEMA and community partner assistance is provided, TS Debby shelter resident numbers continue to decline. However, with elevated levels restricting access to several neighborhoods, recovery will be a long term process.
Two Red Cross volunteers provide a Lake City, Florida Resident with disaster relief supplies
The Red Cross and community partnership team remains dedicated to providing recovery assistance to the greatest extent possible while helping the clients and residents of the area move forward. As it is throughout the nation’s affected areas “thanks for your help is heard”, followed by the Red Cross reply of “we’re happy to be here”.