Disaster Alert: Red Cross Assists with Relief Efforts in the Balkans

May 19, 2014

Although the water has receded in some areas, the worst floods in more than a century continue to create havoc in large parts of both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

While thousands are still waiting to be rescued from their homes, tens of thousands have been evacuated and are staying with families or in shelter. In Serbia an estimated 300,000 are without safe water or electricity. In Bosnia and Herzegovina the figure is 50,000. Many are living in unsafe and insanitary conditions created by the floods.

Almost one third of Bosnia is affected by floods with houses, roads and railway lines being submerged in the north eastern part of the country. A vast number of landslides have worsened the situation and relief efforts, and there are reports that landmines buried during the conflict have shifted with the landslides, making the situation more dangerous for residents and rescuers.

In Serbia, the worst affected area is around the town of Obrenovac, south west of Belgrade, where around 10,000 people are still stranded. While water levels in some rivers are receding, the river Sava and two other rivers are still rising, forecast to reach their peak during Sunday night or later, so the danger is far from over.

The Red Cross societies of both countries have been actively engaged in rescue and relief activities, helping set up centers for those evacuated.

The Red Cross of Serbia has specially trained teams – as well as thousands of staff and volunteers – assisting with continued evacuations and providing relief items.

The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina have mobilized teams in the affected areas, who are assisting authorities with evacuations as well as providing blankets, mattresses, drinking water, food and hygiene kits, rubber boots and water purifiers to more than 10,000 people. These figures are expected to rise.

In Brcko, one of the worst affected areas, Red Cross volunteers are helping to move sandbags along the River Sava to prevent it from flooding dozens of villages which are still in danger.

Many volunteers and their families in both countries are themselves affected by the floods.

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation but has not been asked for additional assistance at this time.  


Weekly Disaster Update

May 16, 2014

Fires in Southern California:

In response to the multiple fires in San Diego County, American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Mission Hills High School as a shelter site (1 Mission Hills Ct., San Marcos 92069). The Temporary Evacuation Point at Escondido High School (1535 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026) is now being transitioned into a shelter. The shelter at La Costa Canyon High School located at 1 Maverick Way in Carlsbad also remains open. All shelters will remain open until there is no longer a need.

Since Tuesday, May 13, the Red Cross has provided approximately:
– 3,400 meals
– More 2,000 snacks
– More than 275 overnight shelter stays, and expected to increase this evening
– More than a dozen canteen operations, supporting various Temporary
Evacuation Points, as well as providing snacks and hydration to first responders
at several Incident Command Posts.

For more information about this incident please visit the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter’s Website


Disaster Update: Baxter Springs

May 2, 2014

Images courtesy of Red Crosser, Meghan Spreer

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The Pitt State Volleyball team is in Baxter Springs helping clean debris this morning.

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April and her husband Roy will rebuild their home in Baxter Springs. Thankfully they – along with the dog and cat – made it safely to the basement when their home was struck by a tornado.

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Yesterday, volunteers served hot meals to those in Baxter Springs.


Disaster Update: Tornado Response in Tennessee

April 29, 2014

Disaster Update: Tornado Response in Arkansas

April 29, 2014

Video: North Texas Red Cross Volunteers Headed to Arkansas to Support Tornado Relief

April 28, 2014

Disaster Update: South Korea Ferry Incident

April 17, 2014

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.

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