Press Release: Alabama Red Cross Responding to Severe Weather

December 26, 2012

Alabama Red Cross Responding to Severe Weather

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., December 26, 2012 — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is currently responding to assist residents affected by last night’s tornadoes and severe weather around the state of Alabama. The Red Cross is working with area emergency management agencies to determine where help may be needed. Initial reports indicate there is damage in the following counties: Butler, Pike, Lowndes, Autauga, Clarke, Escambia, Marengo, Tuscaloosa, Choctaw, Mobile, Crenshaw, Sumter, and Washington.

Over the holiday, more than 140 trained Red Cross volunteers were on standby to respond to the threat of severe weather that was unfortunately realized. Today, Red Cross volunteers are going to affected areas to assess the damage and determine the needs of those affected. Other Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing affected neighborhoods to hand out water, clean up kits, and other disaster relief items.

A Red Cross shelter is open at the City of Prichard (near Mobile, AL) Public Safety Building located at 743 Mt. Sinai Avenue, Prichard, AL 36612. This shelter is open for anyone displaced by yesterday’s severe weather.

Press Release: Red Cross Continues to Assist Sandy Affected Residents

December 19, 2012

Red Cross Continues to Assist Sandy Affected Residents

12.18.2012 – Almost 50 days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, American Red Cross volunteers remain on the ground in New York City and on Long Island providing real help to residents affected by the storm in the form of meals, relief supplies and other personalized assistance.

“We are committed to helping individuals, families and communities recover from this tragic storm,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Red Cross regional CEO.

Red Cross relief workers continue to deliver food and relief supplies to neighborhoods in need across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

Meanwhile, Red Cross casework, health and mental-health specialists are still providing additional resources for affected residents.

In Greater New York, as of Dec. 16, the Red Cross has served more than 4.5 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 4.8 million relief supplies since the storm made landfall. Relief supplies have included clean-up kits, flashlights, batteries, diapers, hygiene supplies, and blankets.

No one organization can respond to a disaster of this magnitude alone. The Red Cross has partnered with hundreds of community and faith-based groups throughout affected areas to identify communities in need and to deliver services.

The Red Cross is now also working with government and community partners as part of a comprehensive response to help Sandy survivors recover. Red Cross officials have met with federal, state and local leaders to coordinate efforts and identify unmet needs

Press Release: Shelters, Warming Stations Remain Open to Residents Still Without Power

November 2, 2012

BETHLEHEM, PA (Nov. 2, 2012) – The American Red Cross continues to operate or support four shelters and four warming centers to help people still without power.


Berks County

• Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA – pet friendly

Lehigh/Northampton counties

• Dieruff High School (gymnasium), 815 N. Irving Street, Allentown, PA
The shelter is pet friendly with accessibility to limited hot water for showers. Residents are asked to bring personal toiletries and towels.


Press Release: American Red Cross Continues to Operate 9 Shelters in Northeast PA

October 30, 2012

American Red Cross Continues to Operate 9 Shelters in Northeast PA

BETHLEHEM, PA, October 30, 2012 — The American Red Cross continues to provide services to residents at shelters across the Northeast Pennsylvania.

The following Red Cross shelters remain open or have opened today:

Berks County: Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA – pet friendly

Bradford County: Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Road, Wysox, PA – pet friendly

Lehigh/Northampton counties: UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA – pet friendly
Agricultural Complex (Ag Hall), 19th and Chew streets, Allentown, PA – pet friendly

Luzerne County:
Dallas Middle School, Conyngham Avenue, Dallas, PA – not pet friendly
GAR High School, 250 South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA – not pet friendly
Hazleton Area High School, 1601 West 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA – not pet friendly
Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA – pet friendly


Press Release: Roatcap Fire Update: Shelter Remains Open, Red Cross has Served Over 200 Meals

October 25, 2012

Roatcap Fire Update: Shelter Remains Open, Red Cross has Served Over 200 Meals

10:15 a.m., Oct. 25, 2012 — The American Red Cross has served more than 200 meals to evacuees and emergency responders battling the Roatcap Fire in Montezuma county.

Last night, four evacuated residents stayed overnight at the Red Cross shelter at Kemper Elementary, 620 E. Montezuma Ave., in Cortez. The Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter for evacuees and provide feeding and comfort in the community.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free, and is made possible by the generosity of donors. To support the Red Cross in Southwest Colorado, visit and donate to the American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

The next media briefing will be at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center.

Information about the wildfire can be found on Twitter by following @SanJuanNF or visiting

Press Release: Wetmore Wildfire Forces Evacuations

October 24, 2012

Wetmore Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Florence, CO, Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – A wildfire erupted Tuesday near the town of Wetmore, Colorado which is approximately 20 miles west of Pueblo, Colorado. The fire quickly spread to the northeast driven by 40 to 50 mph winds. Evacuations were ordered for the town of Wetmore and for homes in western Pueblo County. As of 8:00 p.m. MDT the fire had consumed 600-700 acres with at least 12 structures destroyed.

Red Cross volunteers from Pueblo and Fremont Counties were activated around 2:00 p.m. and an evacuation shelter was opened at the First Southern Baptist Church located in Florence at 303 E. 3rd St. Approximately 30 individuals have registered at the Florence shelter. Red Cross is prepared to support evacuees through the night with cots, blankets, food and other support services. A second shelter was opened at the First Church of Nazarene to support those evacuating east toward Pueblo. That shelter is located at 84 Sanford St. in Pueblo.

The community of Florence and others in Fremont County continue to offer additional support for those that have been evacuated. Those with large animals have been asked to take them to the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, or to the Pathfinder Rodeo Arena on Highway 115 between Florence and Canon City.

Press Release: Red Cross Responds to Storm Damage in the Delta

October 18, 2012

Red Cross Responds to Storm Damage in the Delta

Greenville, MS - American Red Cross Northwest Mississippi Chapter is responding to this morning’s severe weather in Bolivar, Coahoma, Grenada, Tallahatchie and Tate Counties.

With reports of strong winds and rain in the Delta area, staff and volunteer teams are in the area providing client case work with assistance for displaced families.

“The Red Cross has issued a Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) call, and our outreach volunteers and staff are assessing the damage to determine the communities needs,” said Jo Gibbons, Readiness and Response Manager. “Outreach teams are spread throughout the Delta area and they will also determine client service delivery, including food, shelter and clothing for people with emergency or immediate needs.”

Press Release: East Central Chapter Provides Comfort for Storm Victims

October 18, 2012

East Central Chapter Provides Comfort for Storm Victims
Red Cross Provides Tips to Stay Safe After a Tornado

MERIDIAN, MS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 – The East Central Chapter is on the scene in four Mississippi counties–Leake, Neshoba, Newton and Scott– to help those affected by this morning’s storm and unconfirmed tornadic activity. Red Cross is helping residents impacted by the storm by providing emergency shelter, food, clothing, and a shoulder to lean on.

“In the days and weeks to come, the East Central Chapter will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the unconfirmed tornado get back on their feet,” said Gordon Stewart, Readiness and Response Manager. “The Red Cross will keep client caseworkers on the ground providing emergency services as long as needed, in addition to providing emotional support to those affected by the storm.”

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:
• Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

• Avoid damaged areas as your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of tornadoes.

• Stay out of damaged buildings.


Press Release: American Red Cross Continues Shelter Operations for Residents Displaced Due To Shockey Fire

September 26, 2012

American Red Cross Continues Shelter Operations for Residents Displaced Due To Shockey Fire
Red Cross will also join partners at Local Assistance Center Wednesday

(Campo, CA- Sept. 25, 2012) – In response to the Shockey Fire, American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Mountain Empire High School located at 3305 Buckman Springs Road, Pine Valley, 91962.

The Red Cross will also be joining the County’s Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents who suffered losses in the fire. The LAC will open beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Jacumba Library located at 44605 Old Highway 80, 91934. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28 and 29.

The Red Cross shelter continues to provide for the immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support and health services. The shelter will remain open as long as there is a need. Red Cross caseworkers are also beginning to assist those who lost their homes in the fire. Since Sept. 23, the Red Cross has provided 385 meals, 163 snacks and hydration to those displaced by the fire and to first responders.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.

For tips on staying safe before, during and after wildfires, visit

The Red Cross relies on the generous donations of the American people to support our work locally, across the country and around the world. Donations can be made online at, over the phone by calling 858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.

Press Release: Alaska Fall Storm Update

September 24, 2012

Alaska Fall Storm Update

ALASKA, Sunday, September 23, 2012 — The Menard Sports Complex and the Palmer Fairgrounds have closed to sheltering. Red Cross of Alaska made the decision after damage assessment was started and it was determined that sheltering was no longer needed.

The Seward Emergency Operating Center is operating and American Red Cross of Alaska is monitoring the situation. If the need for sheltering arises, Red Cross volunteers are ready to assist.

Tanana Valley Red Cross volunteers are preparing to deploy to Southcentral Alaska on Monday to help in relief efforts. Member of the Disaster Action Team in Fairbanks are monitoring the flood watches issued for Nenana and are ready to assist if the need becomes apparent.

If your home has been affected by the recent storms and you need immediate assistance, please call 907-646-5401 or 1-888-345-4376.

Red Cross of Alaska is urging all Alaskans to practice personal preparedness and use this opportunity to update emergency kits and family emergency plans. For information and tips, visit

Red Cross of Alaska Media Contacts:
Katie Bender 907-250-7314
Laura Spano 832-407-0144

Shelters Still Operating

Willow Community Center Shelter
The Willow shelter opened around 8pm Wednesday evening in response to evacuations and flooding. Anyone who has been evacuated or has been affected by the ongoing rainfall should call the shelter at 907-232-2698, or go to the shelter located at the Willow Community Center (WACO).

Upper Susitna Senior Center
Volunteers opened the Upper Susitna Senior Center around 11pm Wednesday night after Yoder Road was evacuated near Talkeetna. Anyone evacuating from the Talkeetna area and those who have been affected by flooding can call the shelter at 907-733-6200 or go to the shelter location.


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