April 14, 2014
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.
April 7, 2014
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.
April 1, 2014
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
April 1, 2014
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.
March 28, 2014
Between March 12 and March 23, the Red Cross carried out the below activities in response to the explosion and building collapse in East Harlem, New York City.
- The Red Cross Emergency Operations Center was in operation and fully staffed 24/7 from the time of the collapse on March 12 through Sunday, March 23.
- More than 338 adults and children were comforted and assisted by Red Cross caseworkers at NYC resident service centers.
- Over 100 volunteers from across the Greater NY Region responded to the call to help those affected.
- Over 20,000 meals, snacks and beverages have been served to residents and first responders.
- Between March 12 and March 14, more than 70 residents overnighted at the Red Cross operated shelter at the Salvation Army facility (for a total of 121 shelter stays; i.e., some of those 70 residents stayed more than one night).
- Dozens of children received solace and safe haven at the Red Cross shelter, with a little extra help from the Good Dog Foundation therapy dogs in conjunction with the ASPCA.
- Nearly 500 blankets and personal hygiene comfort kits have been distributed. Comfort kits contain toiletries including soap, toothbrushes, face clothes, toothpaste, deodorant and additional items.
- Red Cross Client Assistance staff has connected with more than 20 families in need of mental health and/or physical health support.