Press Release: American Red Cross in Arkansas Northwoods Oil Spill

April 2, 2013

Arkansas Northwoods Oil Spill

APRIL 1, 2013-LITTLE ROCK: Authorities evacuated more than twenty homes on Starlite Road and Shade Tree Lane in the Northwoods subdivision in the community of Mayflower, thirty miles north of Little Rock Friday afternoon, after a crude oil pipe ruptured leaking oil into storm drainage ditches.

Authorities expressed concerns as the oil moved into drains under Highway 365 and across Interstate 40 towards Lake Conway. Emergency crews were able to stop the flow before it reached the lake.

In a released statement, ExxonMobile Pipeline Company said the cause of the leak is under investigation. More than 4,500 barrels have been removed since Friday’s spill. ExxonMobile has established a claims hotline number (1-800-876-9291) to assist individuals who might have been impacted by this event.

Red Cross Disaster Responders checked door to door for needs of neighbors who did not evacuate, as well as staying in touch for the immediate needs of those who did. At this time there has not been a request for Red Cross shelter. It is not known how soon residents will be able to return home.

Red Cross Responders did provide distribution of water to emergency and disaster crews working throughout the area to clear the oil spill. Crews continue working through the night to remove oil to allow for the return of displaced residents.

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Press Release: Alabama Red Cross Damage Assessment of Monday’s Tornado and Severe Weather

March 21, 2013

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. (CST) — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is currently assisting residents affected by Monday’s severe weather around the state of Alabama. Updated damage reports indicate the following damage assessment for residences only.

  • 437 homes total, affected in some way
  • 69 destroyed
  • 120 with major damage
  • 248 with minor to little damage

This is with approximately 95% of damage assessment completed. It is taking more time to complete damage assessment due to the fact that the areas affected are widely scattered with some in rural areas.

At this time, all Red Cross shelters are on standby due to the cold temperatures forecasted for the state. Dozens of Red Cross volunteers and staff are providing relief to those affected in the northern parts of the state. In the coming days, Red Cross volunteers will be delivering meals, snacks, water, and bulk items (shovels, rakes, clean-up kits, etc.) to families in the affected areas of Cullman, Etowah, and Walker Counties.


Press Release: Alabama Red Cross Continues to Assist Those Affected By Monday’s Severe Weather

March 21, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (CST) The American Red Cross Alabama Region is currently assisting residents affected by Monday’s severe weather around the state of Alabama. Updated damage reports indicate that 370 homes were affected in some way, with more than 65 destroyed, more than 95 with major damage, and more than 200 homes with minor to little damage. Approximately 95% of damage assessment has been completed. It is taking more time to complete damage assessment due to the fact that the areas affected are widely scattered with some in rural areas.

At this time all Red Cross shelters in the state have been closed. Shelters are on standby and will be re-opened if needed.

So far, 44 Red Cross volunteers and staff are providing relief to those affected in the northern parts of the state. Some volunteers were providing disaster assessment, some were working in shelters, and others are procuring and delivering supplies, food, and bulk items (shovels, rakes, etc.) to the affected families.

The following items were supplied to those affected on Tuesday:

  • 900 snacks
  • 500 meals
  • 600 bottles of water
  • 50 comfort kits
  • 15 shovels and rakes
  • 20 clean-up kits

The Red Cross is using mobile and web technology to get people more involved. You can get your family and home ready for severe weather with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. Download it directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores. Also, the Red Cross recently launched a new online volunteer system across the country that is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization. This new online system, called Volunteer Connection, will help the Red Cross better recruit, manage and deploy our volunteers. If you’d like a demonstration of the new volunteer management system please contact your local Red Cross office.


Press Release: Red Cross Continues Relief Effort in Storm-ravaged Miss. Counties

February 14, 2013

HATTIESBURG, MS, THURSDAY, February 14, 2013—The American Red Cross continues relief efforts today in storm-ravaged communities throughout Central and South Mississippi.

Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are on the ground in the affected counties with additional relief workers and supplies arriving daily. Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local emergency managers to identify what people need most to assist them on their road to recovery.

“Red Cross is focused on meeting people’s emergency needs and continues to move volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities,” said Charles Blake, director of relief operations, American Red Cross. “We’re also continuing to monitor the weather patterns and rising water levels and are prepared to open additional shelters if needed.”

Red Cross has established eight Service Delivery sites where residents may receive health services, emotional support and disaster relief items. Hours of operations are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Locations are as follows:

  • Lot adjacent to the Red Cross office site, 606 Hutchinson Avenue, Hattiesburg
  • Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Office, 660 Weatherly Road, Hattiesburg
  • Dollar General Store, 121 South Main Street, Petal
  • Mt. Carmel Church, 1101 North Main Street, Hattiesburg
  • First Trinity Church, 7th and Mobile Street, Hattiesburg
  • Temple Baptist Church, Bellwood Road at Hwy. 11, Oak Gove Community
  • West Point Baptist Church, 184 Hartfield Road, Hattiesburg
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg

The Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army are partnering with Red Cross for mobile and shelter feeding, and are on the move serving meals and distributing relief items. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are in affected communities delivering bulk distribution items and meals.

To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit mississippi-redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org. The following shelters are open.

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County

There are 170 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and emergency supplies like cleanup kits and comfort kits to people in need.

Anyone seeking assistance with disaster-related needs, should contact their local Red Cross Office, search “Red Cross Mississippi” on Facebook or follow @RedCrossMiss on Twitter. For a list of Red Cross Offices and contact numbers, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org.

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Press Release: N.W. Georgia Red Cross Continues Assistance in Bartow and Gordon Counties

February 13, 2013

N.W. Georgia Red Cross Continues Assistance in Bartow and Gordon Counties
Information Available by Calling 706-291-6648

ATLANTA, February 13, 2013 — Beginning today, all Red Cross disaster services for families impacted by the recent tornado will be centralized at the Red Cross’ Northwest Georgia Chapter (112 John Maddox Dr. NW, Rome, GA 30165), which serves Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties. Anyone still in need of help from the Red Cross is asked to call 706-291-6648 to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.
Working one-on-one with families, Red Cross caseworkers can help develop a plan for recovery and provide emergency assistance for such things as food, clothing, relocation, prescription replacement, emotional support and referrals for additional resources.

“Though the emergency phase of our response has ended the Red Cross is not going away”, said Terri Badour- Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “The caring staff and volunteers from our Northwest Georgia Chapter will maintain a constant presence in the community while continuing to assist those who were impacted by the storms.”

More than 150 Red Cross disaster responders have supported tornado and severe weather relief efforts in Georgia since January 30th. To date, Red Cross caseworkers have provided direct assistance for some 100 families in tornado-stricken Bartow and Gordon counties. The Red Cross has also provided more than 91 overnight shelter stays for displaced families and served more than 1,531 meals at NW Georgia shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Another 7,700 bottles of water and snacks, and more than 800 items such as clean-up kits, work gloves, pails and rakes were distributed in affected communities.


Press Release: Red Cross Responding in Storm Affected Miss. Counties

February 13, 2013

Red Cross Responding in Storm Affected Miss. Counties

HATTIESBURG, MS, WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013—The American Red Cross continues response today in communities throughout Central and South Mississippi.

Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are on the ground in the affected counties. Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and local emergency managers to continue damage assessment.

“Red Cross is focused on people’s emergency needs and has moved volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities,” said Charles Blake, Director of Relief Operations, American Red Cross. “We are continuing to monitor the weather patterns and are on alert to provide additional assistance to the citizens of South Mississippi as needed. We’re also expanding our partnership with community and faith-based organizations to meet the needs in our communities.”

Red Cross is opening four Emergency Aid Stations today to provide health services and emotional support; the stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locations:

- Property adjacent to destroyed Red Cross office, 606 Hutchinson Ave. in Hattiesburg;

- Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Office, 753 Weatherly Rd. in Purvis;

- Dollar General Store, 121 South Main Street in Petal;

- Mt. Carmel Church, 1101 North Main Street in Hattiesburg

The Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army are partnering with Red Cross for mobile and shelter feeding, and are on the move serving meals and distributing relief items. Emergency Aid Stations were setup today in Petal and Hattiesburg distributing food, water and emergency supplies, and providing health services and emotional support. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are in affected communities delivering bulk distribution items.

To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit mississippi-redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org. The following shelters are open.

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County
    • Indian Springs Baptist Church, 500 Indian Springs Church Road, Laurel, Jones County

Nearly 100 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and emergency supplies like cleanup kits and comfort kits to people in need.

Anyone seeking assistance with disaster-related needs, should contact their local Red Cross Office, search “Red Cross Mississippi” on Facebook or follow @RedCrossMiss on Twitter. For a list of Red Cross Offices and contact numbers, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org.

If someone would like to help people affected by emergencies like yesterday’s storms, they can visit www.mississippi-redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Office.

Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The site is secure and people can register by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Red Cross, Mayor’s Fund, and Robin Hood Foundation launch $15 Million Mold Remediation project in NYC

February 1, 2013

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO ADDRESS WATER DAMAGE AND MOLD IN NEIGHBORHOODS HARDEST HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY 

Unique Public-Private Partnership to Help Expand Mold Treatment Assistance in Affected Neighborhoods

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations today announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since Hurricane Sandy, the City has provided comprehensive guidance on how to safely and effectively treat mold, and has collaborated with the Environmental Contractors Association to supply homeowners and volunteers with proper equipment to remove it. While homeowners can use FEMA assistance to address mold, costs can be significant, and there is no direct Federal funding available for mold remediation. Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring a $15 million remediation program that will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to the direct mold treatment program, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring new awareness and safe practice trainings on mold treatment work. These free training sessions will take place in many of the hardest hit communities to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold, and thousands of mold supply kits will be distributed at no cost. Read the rest of this entry »


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