This real story is written by Red Cross worker Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, from the Capital River Chapter.
“Good people” is what Bruce Ellington yelled out upon approaching Red Cross volunteers offering food and drinks to those living in the area affected by the New Year’s Eve tornado in Pearl.
“We really appreciate this”, he said referring to the two bags of meals that he was given to feed six others.
Ellington was left without power and a mound of debris around his home. He said for years tornadoes have passed over his neighborhood. He’s even watched images of devastation to nearby communities play out on TV over and over again, including pictures of the Red Cross doing their part to help. Unfortunately, this time Ellington needs the Red Cross. The good news is that he’s alive to tell how the Red Cross helped him.
“You all really do a good job. I know everything else is going to be fine for all of us,” said Ellington.
Red Cross Prepares Camps as Tomas Heads for Haiti
(WASHINGTON) November 4, 2010 – The American Red Cross is making final preparations in Haiti for the arrival of Tropical Storm Tomas, which is expected to inflict heavy winds and rain on the island’s already vulnerable population — including hundreds of thousands of people living under tarps and tents since the earthquake of January 12th.
As of Thursday, November 4, a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch had been issued for Haiti. On the current forecast track, Tomas is expected to approach Haiti on Friday.
The Red Cross is pursuing two types of activities before the arrival of Tomas. The first is disaster preparedness and risk reduction, which means direct work with the vulnerable camp populations. The second involves pre-positioning resources and emergency personnel for a rapid response after the storm.
Knowing that hurricane season was approaching, the American Red Cross has reached tens of thousands of people in 22 camps in recent months with activities such as digging drainage ditches, sandbagging hillsides and clearing evacuation routes. In addition, Red Cross volunteers have provided emergency first aid training, installed early warning systems (flagpoles and bullhorns) and conducted workshops to teach children about what to do when a storm threatens.
We have trained more than 50 vigilance committees in various camps. As of today, they are alerting the camp populations that red flags have been raised, meaning severe weather is imminent.
Missouri – Disaster Action Team (DAT) from the Joplin Office of the American Red Cross have responded to a two building apartment fire in Joplin. Volunteers have been on hand to meet with victims of this disaster and are helping with temporary shelter, food and clothing.
Washington – Fast moving wildfires in several portions of the state destroyed homes, burned hundreds of acres and caused the evacuation of residents in Ferry, Stevens and Klickitat Counties on Thursday.
The Inland Northwest Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team (DAT), dispatched two Emergency Response Vehicles, opened two shelters and provided Mass Care to the evacuees. The Southwest Washington Chapter deployed DAT, opened a shelter for residents in the affected area and staffed the County EOC.
California – A wildfire in Kern County burned over 1,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents within the affected area on Tuesday. The Kern Chapter deployed Disaster ActionTeam (DAT), opened a shelter and
partnered with another organization toprovide canteen services for the evacuees. The shelter closed hours later after
evacuation orders lifted.
South Carolina – A substation exploded in Oconee County and left thousands of local residents without power on Monday. Oconee County Chapter and Upstate South Carolina Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team, opened a shelter and provided canteening to affected-area residents and emergency responders.
Many states across the southern U.S. have suffered damage brought on by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Check out how your Red Cross is helping those affected – by the numbers.