The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Tropical Storm Debby:
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:
Puerto Rico – A tropical wave brought heavy rain to Culebra and Vieques Islands, the towns of Fajardo, Ceiba, and San Lorenzo. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands placing them under a flash flood watch yesterday. The storm is expected to bring additional rain over the next few days. Most rivers and streams have flooded their banks and many major roads impassable.
The Puerto Rico chapter has begun a preliminary assessment in the affected areas and is in the process of assisting the affected families. Chapter advises the sun is shining at the present time with some rain later today. The sun will help dry things out and they do not expect anything major to happen. They will be providing updates to the Disaster Operation Center (DOC). ARC of the Virgin Islands chapter did disaster assessment (DA) and opened one case.
Iowa – Straight-line winds, a confirmed tornado and rain caused damage as storms moved through Fort Dodge, Franklin, Butler and other counties on Wednesday. There were reports of water in some homes.
The Hawkeye Chapter opened a shelter and provided mass care to the residents.
The Brushy Creek Chapter contacted the Emergency Management Agency, started damage assessment, and placed a shelter team, volunteers, and an Emergency Response Vehicle on standby.