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.




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