Disaster Update: Tornadoes and Severe Weather in KS, MO, AR, OK, TN,

April 28, 2014

The Red Cross is helping people in Arkansas and several other states by providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health and mental health services to those affected.

Arkansas – Severe storms caused tornado activity in several portions of the state that destroyed and damaged homes closed a major highway and left thousands without power on Sunday. The Red Cross communicated with Emergency Management, deployed team members, opened shelters, supported others and provided assistance to residents affected by the storm as needed.

More than 200 people spent Sunday night in shelters in Arkansas that were opened or supported by Red Cross workers. Red Cross emergency vehicles will be distributing food throughout the affected areas. Mental health support will also be available to help people cope with the aftermath.

Kansas – A line of severe storms caused tornado activity that damaged homes in Cherokee County on Sunday. A State of Emergency is declared. Team members from the Red Cross were deployed to the scene to assess damage and determine response for affected residents.

Missouri – Widespread storms threatened residents in several portions of the state, caused damages and disrupted traffic on Sunday. Tornado Watches and Warnings are in effect. The Red Cross talked with local Emergency Management and is monitoring in preparation of response.

Oklahoma – A line of severe storms caused tornado activity and flooding that damaged homes as well as buildings and affected residents in multiple counties in the state on Sunday. The Red Cross communicated with Emergency Management, deployed team members to provide assistance to residents within the affected area and opened a shelter.

Tennessee – A strong and slow moving storm system with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and tornado activity was forecast for portions of the state late Sunday thru Tuesday. The Red Cross placed resources on standby in anticipation of response to the storm.


Disaster Update: Washington Landslide Response

April 22, 2014

The Red Cross is still responding to the Washington landslides one month later:

  • Red Cross workers are meeting one-on-one with residents to learn about their individual needs, create personal recovery plans, provide support for their individual recovery needs, and locate assistance from other agencies.
  • The Red Cross is providing direct financial support to people who need extra help, including assistance with funeral expenses, travel and housing expenses for out-of-town relatives, mental health counseling and increased fuel costs due to the closure of SR530.
  • The Red Cross is also supporting people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the landslide with resources to help replace furniture and pay for security deposits, rent and utilities.  

Red Cross assistance is still available. People who need help should call 425-740-2325.

Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and a total of more than 500 trained workers – about half of them from Washington State. These Red Cross workers have served more than 29,000 meals and snacks, handed out more than 7,000 comfort and relief items, and provided more than 8,000 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, Red Cross shelters have provided 142 overnight stays.

 


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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Disaster Alert: Severe Storms in Missouri

April 14, 2014

Disaster Alert

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.


Disaster Alert: Severe Weather in Arkansas

April 14, 2014

Disaster Alert

Arkansas – Two lines of severe storms caused heavy rain, hail and high winds that caused disrupted travel, minor damages and power outages in multiple counties within the state on Sunday.

The Arkansas Region contacted local and state officials, will provide assistance as necessary to affected families and continues to monitor the situation.


Disaster Alert: Blizzard in Nebraska

April 14, 2014

Disaster Alert

Nebraska – Blizzard conditions closed roads, stranded travelers and affected residents in Phelps County on Sunday.

Team members from the Central Plains Chapter set up a shelter to meet the needs of stranded motorists and residents within the affected area.


Disaster Alert: Severe Weather in Mississippi

April 7, 2014

Disaster Alert

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.


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