Disaster Update: Washington Landslide Response

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.

Response details:

  • 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.

 


Photos: Washington Landslide Response

March 31, 2014

Washington Landslide Response

Washington Landslide Recovery

Washington Landslide Response

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Video: Washington Landslide Response

March 31, 2014

Photos: Landslide in Washington

March 29, 2014

Disaster Update: East Harlem Explosion

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.

Disaster Update: Landslide in WA

March 28, 2014

WA Landslide Response

Local Washington State disaster workers from the Red Cross and volunteers from across the country are providing shelter, food, water, emotional support, health services and spiritual care to Oso area residents, their families, and emergency responders.

Because of the difficult nature of this event, local mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones and are waiting for word on the missing. The Red Cross also has health services volunteers who are reaching out to the families of the injured to see how we can help.

In addition, Family Care Centers are open in Darrington and Arlington to support families during this difficult time after they receive notification of loss of a loved one. Affected family members can go to these centers and receive emotional and spiritual support, mental health assistance, and care for children.

Since the landslide nearly a week ago, the Red Cross has mobilized four response vehicles and nearly 300 trained workers – more than half of them from Washington State.Through Thursday, these workers have served 6,600 meals and snacks, handed out dozens of comfort kits, and provided more than 600 mental health or health-related contacts.

Meals, snacks and drinks are being provided to first responders and the affected community through a partnership between Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the Red Cross.


Disaster Alert: Train Derailment in Mississippi

March 28, 2014

Disaster Alert

Mississippi - Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross East Central and South Mississippi Chapters are providing on-scene canteen support for first responders involved in a train derailment in Ellisville, Miss. Red Cross volunteers will remain on-scene and provided food and beverage as long as needed. Jones County Emergency Manager Marda Tullos requested Red Cross canteen services to support the responders.


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