Disaster Alert: Floods in Mississippi

July 12, 2012

Disaster Alert

Mississippi – About 20 homes were rendered uninhabitable and 10 roads have been closed in Humphreys County due to floods that occurred yesterday. The Emergency Management Administration is expected to declare a local emergency this morning.

The Northwest Mississippi Chapter has placed volunteers on standby in case a shelter is needed. Chapter will be doing disaster assessment and will assess the needs of the affected today.


Video: Inside Disaster Assessment

May 19, 2010

When former First Lady Laura Bush visited our Disaster Operations Center in Nashville, Tennesse, the first person she spoke with was Debbie Criswell, who gave her an overview of the new technologies the American Red Cross is utilizing to streamline our Disaster Assessment program.


Videos: Tennessee Floods

May 9, 2010

Video: RI State Senators Volunteer With Disaster Assessment Team

April 4, 2010

Pat Pannett, American Red Cross disaster volunteer, surveys the damage to a flooded home in Richmond, RI, with State Senators Edward ONeill and Francis Maher, Jr. The Senators are volunteers with the Red Cross disaster assessment team.


Story: Hope Valley Residents Face Disaster With Help From Red Cross

April 4, 2010

This story was written by American Red Cross disaster volunteer Pat Pannett.

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State Senators Edward O’Neill and Francis Maher, Jr., volunteers with the Red Cross disaster assessment team survey a submerged residence in the devastated Hope Valley Wyoming area of Richmond, RI.

It’s called Hope Valley, and the residents of the Hope Valley Wyoming have shown great resiliency and not lost their sense of hope and optimism in the face of dire circumstances.

On the afternoon of April 2, members of the Red Cross disaster assessment team (including two State Senators) travelled with Hope Valley Wyoming Fire District and Rhode Island National Guard to survey an area that was heavily hit by the March floods in the state.

The affected area in Richmond, Rhode Island was heavily flooded, and the only way in and out of this community of 80 homes was by crossing a road covered by more than a foot of water. Fortunately, the National Guard ‘deuce and a half” cargo truck was designed to cross areas where even Humvees were not be able to traverse. At one point, the team traversed a road flooded with more than three feet of water.

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Photos: Flooding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

April 4, 2010

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Press Release: Red Cross Opens Another Shelter

September 29, 2009

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American Red Cross opens third shelter in Georgia
Disaster assessment indicates need in Gwinnett County

ATLANTA, September 28, 2009 – The American Red Cross opened another shelter in Georgia to meet the needs of residents living in Gwinnett County.

Red Cross disaster assessment reports indicated early Monday morning that a shelter in Gwinnett would be necessary.

The Red Cross initially opened seven shelters when flooding in the Southeast began, including one in Gwinnett County, which closed on Wednesday of last week. As of this weekend, two shelters remained open to provide food, mental health counseling and emotional support for residents throughout the affected areas.

“We are constantly looking at the needs of the community,” said Fran O’Shaughnessy, director of operations for the Red Cross response to the Georgia flooding. “Sheltering is a fluid thing during disasters because we adapt as the needs of our clients change.”

The shelters currently open in Georgia are:

o Cobb County
   Cobb County Civic Center
   548 South Marietta Parkway
   Marietta, GA 30060

o Gwinnett County
    Zoar United Methodist Church
    3895 Zoar Church Road  
    Snellville, GA 30039

o Cherokee County
   Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (South Annex)
   7545 Main St. Building 200
   Woodstock, GA 30188

To date, the American Red Cross has provided 1,643 overnight stays for nearly 500 residents in Georgia Red Cross shelters.

The Red Cross Disaster Call Center has fielded questions and requests for help from more than 2,800 people in our community. Those who have been affected by the flooding who need help can call 404-870-4440.

Thirteen Red Cross disaster assessment teams have been moving through affected areas. Preliminary reports indicate that 2,421 homes in Georgia have been affected; 661 of which are destroyed, 620 with major damage.

Through mobile outreach into flood-affected areas, Red Cross caseworkers are connecting one-on-one with people in need and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter and health-related concerns. Along with providing emotional support, caseworkers can direct clients to recovery resources in the community, including Red Cross Distribution Centers for clean-up supplies (mops, brooms, pails, etc.) and personal hygiene items.

The Red Cross is working with emergency partners in hard-hit communities to establish Distribution Centers for clean-up items and bottled water, which will be replenished throughout the day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the following locations:

o Lawrenceville Fire Dept. Station 20
   1801 Curse Road
   Lawrenceville, GA 30044

o Best Buy – Douglasville
   6875 Douglas Blvd.
   Douglasville, GA 30135

o Powder Springs Police Department
   4483 Pineview Drive
   Powder Springs, GA 30127

o Austell Shopping Center
    5875 Love St.
   Austell, GA 30168

Since flooding began, the Red Cross:

• Has provided nearly 1,643 overnight shelter stays for about 500 affected residents and has provided more than 20,000 meals

• Has had 426 volunteers and staff from 18 states on the ground in affected areas to support the disaster-caused needs of clients

• Has had 21 Emergency Response Vehicles serving as mobile and fixed site feeding stations

• Has provided more than 28,334 bulk items including bleach, comfort kits, clean-up kits and bottled water.

The U.S. government has declared 17 of the 20 affected counties in Georgia as federal disaster areas – Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Heard, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker.


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