Explosion in Mexico

February 5, 2013

Following a major explosion in Polanco, Mexico, 35 ambulances and five rescue vehicles from the Mexican Red Cross have responded to a call for assistance. A rapid intervention unit specializing in Rescue in Collapsed Structures, which is equipped with critical lifesaving equipment  was also on scene.

Around 200 volunteers from the organization have been working together with other rescue teams to search, extract and transport the dead and injured in this tragic accident. At present 32 people have been rescued and transferred to nearby hospitals by Mexican Red Cross ambulances.

At the organization’s National Headquarters, Fernando Suinaga Cardenas highlighted the work being done by Red Cross paramedics despite the risks to their own lives.

“You are the hope of thousands of citizens, your work is essential when facing a tragedy such as this explosion in the Pemex building,” he said. “Not only because of the speed and efficiency with which you carry out your work, but also because of the quality and warmth you offer to the wounded, as part of our humanitarian principles.”

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Mississippi

July 20, 2012

Disaster Alert

Mississippi– A gas explosion prompted the evacuation of residents within a half mile of the affected area in Wayne County on Thursday.

The East Central Mississippi Chapter communicated with local Emergency Management, deployed team members, dispatched an Emergency Response Vehicle and provided canteen support for emergency responders.

Disaster Alert: Transportation Incident/Explosion in Ohio

July 11, 2012

Disaster Alert

Ohio– In Columbus, a freight train carrying agricultural products derailed causing some cars to explode early this morning. Two people were injured. People living within a one mile radius of the incident were evacuated.

The ARC of Greater Columbus opened an evacuation center for those affected. The chapter has a liaison at the incident command post and staff at the evacuation center

Press Release: American Red Cross Helps 30 Residents Following Devastating Explosion and Fire in Allentown, Pa.

February 11, 2011

American Red Cross Helps 30 Residents Following Devastating Explosion and Fire in Allentown, Pa.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Feb. 10, 2011) – The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley continued its efforts today to help 13 families left homeless by last night’s explosion and fire in the 500 and 600 blocks of N. 13th Street in Allentown.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in this devastating event,” said John R. Hughes, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. “In a tight-knit community as ours, we all share the heartbreak that this tragedy brings.” Red Cross mental health volunteers are working closely with the families.

As of 4:15 p.m., 13 families (28 adults and two children) received assistance for lodging, food, clothing, shoes, medication replacement, blankets, toiletry items, seasonal garments and referrals for other resources. All disaster assistance is free and is provided through financial donations by the general public. The cost to shelter, feed, clothe, and provide shoes and winter garments for one adult is about $400.


Disaster Alert: Explosion in Ohio

January 25, 2011

Disaster Alert

Ohio – Over-pressurized natural gas lines in Lake County caused a house explosion, multiple fires and prompted the evacuation of residents within the affected area on Monday.

The Greater Cleveland chapter deployed Disaster Action Team, opened a shelter and provided assistance as needed to affected-area residents.

Disaster Alert: House Explosion in Wisconsin

November 10, 2010

Disaster Alert

Wisconsin – A house explosion in Sun Prairie resulted in a fatality, two injuries and the evacuation of affected residents yesterday.

The Badger Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, Mental Health, Health Services and Public Affairs staff were at the scene. Chapter set up a reception center and provided canteen service from an Emergency Response Vehicle for first responders and families affected.

Disaster Update: San Bruno Explosion

September 29, 2010

Disaster Update

On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing hundreds of residents and causing several injuries and deaths.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has been assisting the affected residents, providing shelter, food and hydration, crisis counseling, health services and additional assistance to help with their recovery.

As of September 27, the Red Cross has met with and registered more than 383 families (more than 1,000 individuals) affected by the fire. These families are receiving assistance from the Red Cross to find alternative housing, replace lost items and create long-term recovery plans. Red Cross volunteers continue to conduct follow-up outreach to the affected families to discuss outstanding needs and initiate a long-term recovery process, ensuring that everyone has the assistance and support they require in the coming months.

Ongoing casework with the affected families is also taking place at the San Bruno Recovery Center, located at 900 Cherry Avenue, Suite 332, San Bruno. The San Bruno Recovery Center will serve as the location for long-term recovery, assistance and services for all affected residents of the San Bruno Fire. Along with the Red Cross, several nonprofit and government agencies are co-located at the San Bruno Recovery Center.

Throughout this response, the Red Cross has worked to encourage partnering, collaboration and coordination, supporting the City of San Bruno and the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN). The Red Cross will continue to use our resources to help with the longer-term recovery concerns in San Bruno, such as housing, health issues and other disaster recovery needs.

At the site of the explosion, debris removal of the destroyed and damaged homes continues. Red Cross volunteers remain in the affected neighborhood to provide snacks, hydration and emotional support to the families who have returned home, as well as first responders, workers and investigators.



Video: San Bruno Explosion

September 29, 2010

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Texas

September 17, 2010

Disaster Alert

Texas – An explosion at a hotel in Corpus Christi damaged dozens of units and affected scores of people on Thursday. Multiple injuries reported.

The Coastal Bend-Texas Chapter deployed Disaster Action Teams, provided emergency individual assistance to disaster victims, and supported emergency responders with canteen services.

Disaster Update: San Bruno Explosion

September 13, 2010

Disaster Update

On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing hundreds of residents and causing several injuries and deaths.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has been assisting the affected residents, providing shelter, food and drinks, crisis counseling and additional assistance to help with their recovery.

Today, residents whose homes were not damaged or destroyed by the blast will be able to return to their homes. Residents are being registered at Skyline Community College located at 3300 College Avenue in San Bruno beginning at noon today, and will be allowed back into the affected neighborhoods in shifts. The Red Cross is positioned a the college and is distributing snacks, drinks and cleaning kits.

The Red Cross has also deployed volunteers to provide comfort, emotional support and crisis counseling to residents as they return to their homes. Volunteers will be available to speak with residents at Skyline Community College and neighborhood entry points.

For the more than 100 people whose homes were destroyed or damaged, the Red Cross caseworkers are continuing to work with them at the local area assistance center to determine their needs and provide additional assistance to help with their recovery. The local area assistance center is located at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, located at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno.

Also this morning, the Old Navy store in San Bruno opened to approximately 100 residents that the Red Cross met with over the last few days to allow them the opportunity to replace clothing lost in the fire.

More than 100 volunteers are responding to the incident from throughout the region with additional resources on standby throughout the state. The chapter call center in the Oakland office remains open today to handle the high volume of calls from the public offering assistance and donations.

The media has been erroneously reporting that the Red Cross is accepting donations of goods. Please note, that all individual donations of goods may dropped off at Bay Area Salvation Army and Goodwill stores (see talking points below for specific locations).


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