July 7, 2011
Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Program Heads to North Dakota to Provide Free Laundry Services
The service is available to all families or individuals in need of clean clothes.
Beginning Friday, July 8th, the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program will bring its free laundry services to Minot, North Dakota, to provide clean clothes to those affected by the recent flooding. Working with the American Red Cross, Tide Loads of Hope will take over local laundromats and accept clothing to be washed, dried and folded by the Tide Loads of Hope team, free of charge. No bedding, jackets, or other large pieces will be accepted.
Tide Loads of Hope was created in 2005 to provide much needed free laundry services to families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Inspired by the resilience and spirit of the people of New Orleans, Tide was driven to expand the Loads of Hope program and has since helped families affected by disaster in Southern California, Texas, Fargo, North Dakota, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and most recently, Joplin, Missouri. Today, the program includes the Tide Loads of Hope truck outfitted with 32 energy-efficient Frigidaire® Affinity™ washers and dryers, and a fleet of vans that allow the Tide team to help more families than ever before. Collectively, Tide has washed over 46,000 loads of laundry for more than 36,000 families impacted by disasters since the program launched.
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July 6, 2011
An American Red Cross Damage Assessment team in flat bottom boats conducts an assessment in Burlington, North Dakota (northwest of Minot). A routine task turned into a rescue mission for a cat stranded on a rooftop. Both missions were successful!
The Red Cross shelter in Minot, ND is now the temporary home for a decorated Iraqi War veteran with 2 purple hearts. He’s proud of his country and the American Red Cross.
June 21, 2011
American Red Cross Opens Individual Client Casework for Emergency Financial Assistance
BOZEMAN, Montana – The American Red Cross announced Monday it will be opening individual client casework files for Montanans most severely affected by flooding.
Individual client casework is the method by which the American Red Cross helps those affected by flooding take the next step toward recovery – by developing a family plan. Disaster-related emergency needs may take the shape of community referrals, clean-up supplies, or emergency financial resources to help families head down the road to recovery.
Preliminary “first look” damage assessments of residential property have already been conducted throughout the last four weeks by teams of Red Cross personnel as flooding caused displacement from homes, according to Montana client casework lead Gary Betway. Now, additional individual damage assessments made by visiting teams of Red Cross volunteers will allow homeowners with the most severe residential losses to potentially qualify for emergency financial assistance.
“We’ll look at their emergency needs and address what we can, based on what falls within our mission and resources,” Betway said.
Individual client casework allows a more in-depth look at individual situations to determine the level of need then provides assistance to help families return home.
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June 21, 2011
The American Red Cross supports local sandbagging efforts at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Emergency Response Vehicle driver Kent Jay, a Volunteer from Mississippi, talks about why he is here and what he has seen.
Photos and Video by: Danelle Schlegelmilch/American Red Cross
June 21, 2011
Tennessee – Flooding in Claiborne County destroyed homes, damaged others and prompted the evacuation of residents within the affected area on Monday.
The ARC of Northeast Tennessee Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team, dispatched an Emergency Response Vehicle, staffed County Emergency Operations Center, opened a shelter and provided Mass Care for evacuees.
June 16, 2011
Red Cross Aid Ongoing in Montana’s Flood-Affected Counties
Bozeman, MONTANA June 16, 2011 – Relief supplies continue to be delivered throughout Montana by the American Red Cross.
On Thursday, the Red Cross will be in Lewis and Clark County to make door-to-door deliveries of clean-up kits to families. A total of 500 kits were assembled in Bozeman Wednesday by members of Boy Scout Troop 614 and the Big Sky Youth Center.
The groups worked in concert with area health and safety instructors and chapter employees to ensure a surplus of kits would be ready for remote delivery in areas from Lewis and Clark to Cascade County, Thursday morning.
To date, 650 clean-up kits have been distributed statewide.
Outreach teams consisting of mental health and health services volunteers continue to serve affected areas, studying needs and providing additional recovery resources.
Sheltering and feeding continue at Crow Agency to ensure families unable to return to homes have a safe place to stay. Tuesday night, the Crow Multipurpose Center showed an overnight shelter population of 45.
On Wednesday, the Red Cross served 319 meals at Crow Agency, and since Saturday has served 240 meals at Harlem in Blaine County.
Volunteers continue arriving from across the U.S. to aid the operation. 125 volunteers and staff are helping in the relief efforts.