Disaster Alert: Storms in Alabama

July 11, 2012

Disaster Alert

Alabama–  A storm system caused varying degrees of damage and thousands of power outages in Tuscaloosa and Elmore counties yesterday. Roads are closed in certain areas due to fallen trees, power lines and debris.

The ARC of Central Alabama and West Alabama chapters are in communication with their emergency managers and are doing damage assessment. The chapters have material and human resources available to respond if the need arises.


Photos: Alabama Disaster Relief Special Guests

May 4, 2011

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Disaster Alert: Tornado/Floods in Alabama

March 10, 2011

Disaster Alert

Alabama – A possible tornado touched down south of Mobile yesterday damaging a strip mall along with a gas station, blowing over power lines and causing natural gas and ammonia leaks.

Several counties in the north are also dealing with flooding, including high creeks and roads under water. Local rivers will continue to rise over the next few days. The State Emergency Operations Center moved to level 3 activation and the Governor has declared a State of Emergency.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter had an Emergency Response Vehicle with provisions ready to support two churches that were ready to act as temporary shelters.

Chapters have been in communication with their respective Emergency Managers to determine the extent of damages.


Press Release: Red Cross Provides Comfort for Those Affected By Severe Weather

March 9, 2011

Red Cross Provides Comfort for Those Affected By Severe Weather

MOBILE, Ala., March 9, 2011 – The American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter is on the scene in Silverhill, Alabama to help those affected by the thunderstorm and possible tornados. We will be meeting with the families affected and will assist them with their immediate emergency needs. Red Cross emergency assistance can include food, clothing, shelter, emotional support, and referrals; the amount of assistance given is determined by a caseworker who meets with each family to assess their immediate emergency needs and provides assistance accordingly. The Red Cross is also providing canteen services to the victims and first responders working at the scene.

“In the days to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the storms get back on their feet,” said Leisle Mims, Executive Director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

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Press Release: Red Cross Assisting Tuscaloosa Apartment Fire Victims

October 27, 2010

Red Cross Assisting Tuscaloosa Apartment Fire Victims

TUSCALOOSA, October 27, 2010 –The American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter is currently helping victims of an early morning apartment fire at the Graceland Apartment Complex in Tuscaloosa. The fire was reported at 3:30am on Wednesday and 20 units were affected. Of those units:

• 6 destroyed
• 6 suffered water damage
• 8 smoke damage and no utilities

Red Cross Volunteer and staff Disaster Action Team (DAT) members responded to the scene with the Emergency Response Vehicle to provide immediate help with items like comfort kits containing toiletries, food and clothing. Client assistance for the nearly 30 individuals affected by this fire is taking place at the Alberta Baptist Church (2210 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa).

Three people were taken to DCH Regional Medical Center due to smoke inhalation.


Disaster Alert: Severe Weather in Alabama

October 26, 2010

Disaster Alert

Alabama – Severe storms damaged homes, downed power lines and affected residents in several counties throughout the state on Monday.

The DeKalb County Chapter deployed Disaster Action Teams, dispatched an Emergency Response Vehicle, staffed the Incident Command Post and provided canteen services to affected-area residents and emergency responders.

Other chapters continue to monitor the situation and will provide assistance to residents, if necessary.


Video: Spring Floods and Tornadoes

May 12, 2010

Check out the latest update on how we are serving communities affected by severe floods and tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.


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