A passenger ship with 459 people aboard, mostly high school students, sank in waters off South Korea’s
southwest coast Wednesday morning, leaving hundreds of passengers still missing.
As of Wednesday evening, the Korean Red Cross had sent 50 volunteers and seven staff members to the site shortly after the accident occurred. They distributed 500 blankets and set up a mobile kitchen to provide hot meals to families waiting for news of missing loved ones. The Korean Red Cross has also set up a relief unit to respond to any needs for the rescued and to other hundreds of waiting there.
Missouri – Thunderstorm activity affected residents in Cass County on Sunday.
The Kansas City Region communicated with Emergency Management, contacted affected residents and Disaster Action Team members will meet with residents to determine emergency needs.
Mississippi – The American Red Cross Mississippi Region is responding to damage in multiple counties resulting from the recent severe weather including a tornado and localized flooding.
The Red Cross is working with the Covington County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to assist with sheltering for those affected by an early-morning tornado that ripped through several small communities in the county. More than 40 people are seeking refuge in the shelter open at the Covington County Multipurpose Center, located at 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive in Collins, Miss. A hot lunch is currently being served at the shelter for those impacted by the disaster.
The Red Cross team is also working with EMAs in Copiah, Neshoba, Noxubee, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties to assess damages and provide for immediate, emergency disaster-related needs.
Nearly 75 American Red Cross volunteers teamed up on Saturday, March 29, helping to repair Sandy-damaged homes in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island as part of a Red Cross Month Sandy Rebuild effort.
The volunteers worked with six Red Cross grantee partners including, Friends of Rockaway (Queens); The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (Staten Island); Rebuilding Together NYC (Brooklyn); New York Cares (Queens); Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (Long Island) and UMCOR(Long Island).
Read the whole story here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/ny/new-york/Volunteers-Continue-Sandy-Rebuild-Effort
Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and more than 300 trained workers – more than half of them from Washington State.
Through Monday (March 31), the Red Cross has served 15,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, handed out hundreds of comfort and relief items, and provided nearly 2,400 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, our shelters have provided more than 130 overnight stays.
- Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones or are waiting for word on the missing.
- Red Cross workers are meeting one-on-one with people affected to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may also provide direct financial support to people who need extra help, including assistance with funeral expenses and mental health counseling.
- Red Cross Family Care Centers that are open in Darrington and Arlington are places where affected family members can receive emotional and spiritual support, mental health assistance, and care for children after they receive notification of loss of a loved one.
- Red Cross workers are also providing emotional support and help with creating individual recovery plans at Joint Resource Centers in Darrington and Arlington.