August 27, 2010
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.
August 24, 2010
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.
May 14, 2010
This story was written by Red Cross worker Janice Osborne.
The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, one of the nation’s leading state broadcast associations, asked all of their stations to sign-on to a Media Day for the American Red Cross. At least 75 stations agreed to participate in the May 12 event to focus on the efforts of the Red Cross in responding to the double-dose of storms the state received. Donations to the American Reed Cross Disaster Relief Fund were encouraged.
From Adams County to Lee County, television and radio stations across the state praised the work of the American Red Cross following the recent tornadoes and asked listeners to give what they could to the relief fund.
“We are very grateful to the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for partnering with the Red Cross in this fundraising effort,” said Larry Bartrem, disaster fundraising officer and coordinator of the project. “The media have been extremely supportive in getting critical Red Cross information out to the public before, during and after the recent tornadoes.”
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April 29, 2010
JACKSON, MS, April 29, 2010 – The American Red Cross continues to help victims of the Mississippi
tornadoes who still have disaster related emergency needs and who call the Disaster Relief Hotline
number, 1-866-GET-INFO, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Red Cross is
present, available and accessible to help in the recovery of the people of Mississippi.
When someone calls the Hotline:
- A trained Red Cross worker will listen to their concerns and provide guidance and information to help them move forward in their recovery.
- Disaster-related needs of an emergency nature that people don’t have the resources to meet are
immediately forwarded to a Red Cross caseworker. Caseworkers may visit the family to
determine the extent of their immediate, emergency needs.
- Relief workers may be able to meet the family’s needs through vouchers, relief supplies or
referrals and can guide them in acquiring other assistance through government and
People with emergency needs because their homes were totally destroyed or suffered major damage
should call the Hotline as soon as possible at 1-866-GET-INFO. TDD 1-800-526-1417 for hearing
October 7, 2009
Elliott Hill of the Disaster Mental Health team at the American Red Cross describes the services volunteers are providing in the American Samoa disaster response.
October 4, 2009
Tracy Reines, Director of the International Response Center, provides a weekend update of American Red Cross relief operations in the Asia Pacific region. Ongoing recovery efforts continue in the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Samoa and American Samoa as a major typhoon, earthquakes and a tsunami ravaged the area this week.
July 16, 2009
Minnesota – A tornado touched down in Spicer late Tuesday afternoon causing damage to the surrounding areas. Another tornado went through the small town of Swift Falls destroying several turkey barns. Both tornadoes destroyed trees and downed power lines. The Twin Cities chapter is in contact with County Emergency Management and is prepared to provide assistance to the residents of the affected area.
July 14, 2009
Ohio – Pike and Ross counties were affected by severe weather this past weekend. Downed power lines left hundreds of county residents without power. The chapters deployed a Disaster Action Team (DAT), staffed the county emergency operation center and provided emergency assistance to disaster victims.
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June 19, 2009
Tennessee – The Northeast Tennessee Chapter provided assistance and meals yesterday to families affected by the storms. The chapter will continue to provide Disaster Assessment.