VIDEO: Red Cross Health Services Supporting Clients Affected By Tornado

May 26, 2013


Pacific Islands Tsunami: One Month Anniversary, Update

October 29, 2009

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Pacific Islands Tsunami: 10.6.09

On September 29, 2009 a tsunami swept across the island of American Samoa after a powerful earthquake hit the South Pacific. Soon after, the American Red Cross conducted relief efforts on the island. Red Cross workers and volunteers began aid immediately. Food and supplies were sent to the island. Hotshot teams were in the field disbursing food, water, pillows, linen, rakes, shovels, baby formula, and diapers. Red Cross partnered with the local government and helped set up yurts to shelter families. Health Services worked with families to assist with funeral expenses; and Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care teams were there to lend emotional support. Client casework teams are currently working with victims to help plan the recovery process. Training of local staff continues so the island will be prepared for future disasters.

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Updated Stats:
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 84,714
Snacks served: 39,783
Mental Health Consultations: 3,637
Health Services Consultations: 1,593
Red Cross workers involved: 381


Press Release: Red Cross Strives to Help Disaster’s Vulnerable Population

October 21, 2009

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Red Cross Strives to Help Disaster’s Vulnerable Population

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 — In testimony to a U.S. House of Representatives Committee, the American Red Cross offered recommendations on ways to better meet the needs of every community member affected by disaster, especially those with special requirements.

Trevor Riggen, Red Cross senior director of disaster services testified Tuesday as to how the Red Cross is meeting the needs of the very young, the elderly, and those with disabilities. While there is no “one size fits all” answer, the Red Cross has put in place plans to help this most vulnerable population.

“Our nation continues to make improvements in our ability to respond to and recover from disasters,” Riggen said. “As a nation, we are better prepared for disasters than at any time in our history.”

During a disaster, children may feel ill at ease in a shelter. Their daily routine is disrupted. The Red Cross has special help for children during this traumatic time, such as special areas for families to sleep, and space in the shelter for family interaction and child care.

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Southeast Floods: Updated Stats

October 6, 2009

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Georgia floods:

Shelters opened: 8
Shelter Overnight Stays: 2,951
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 142,091
Meals served: 42,994
Snacks served: 56,020
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21
Mental Health Consultations: 2,890
Health Services Consultations: 1,558
Red Cross workers involved: 806


Southeast Floods: Updated Stats

October 3, 2009

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Georgia floods:

Shelters opened: 8
Shelter Overnight Stays: 2,553
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 81,904
Meals served: 33,710
Snacks served: 33,397
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21
Mental Health Consultations: 1,886
Health Services Consultations: 1,049
Red Cross workers involved: 751


Southeast Floods: Updated Stats

October 2, 2009

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Georgia floods:

Shelters opened: 8
Shelter Overnight Stays: 2,377
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 47,556
Meals served: 29,708
Snacks served: 27,755
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21
Mental Health Consultations: 1,364
Health Services Consultations: 884
Red Cross workers involved: 742


Southeast Floods: Updated Stats

September 28, 2009

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Georgia floods:

Shelters opened: 7
Shelter Overnight Stays: 1,643*
Meals served: 12,715*
Snacks served: 11,495*
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 28,334*
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21*
Mental Health Consultations: 507*
Health Services Consultations:373*
Red Cross workers involved: 605*


Press Release: Red Cross Begins Client Casework in Southeast

September 27, 2009

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American Red Cross begins client casework in Southeast
More than 430 volunteers and staff aid in Red Cross response

ATLANTA, September 27, 2009– The American Red Cross began client casework today as preliminary damage assessment shows that nearly 2,000 homes have been affected by flooding in 20 counties in the Southeast.

Ron Kitchens, who lives in Austelle, Ga., returned earlier this week to find flood waters had lifted his one-story ranch off its brick-and-mortar foundation and floated it down the street. The home now rests in the middle of the dead-end road.

Despite the fact that Kitchens and his wife can’t enter the house, they remain upbeat.

“We’re a lot luckier than some. We got out alive,” Kitchens said as he sifted through a Red Cross clean-up kit. “You gotta keep living. You gotta keep going.”

The Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, mental health counseling and emotional support for residents throughout the affected areas.

Thirteen Red Cross disaster assessment teams surveyed homes again Sunday. Preliminary reports indicate that 1,939 homes in Georgia have been affected; 459 of which are destroyed, 517 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 the hard-hit communities of Marietta, Powder Springs and Austell to establish Distribution Centers for clean-up items and bottled water, which will be replenished throughout the day (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.):

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

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

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

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

Since flooding began through Sunday morning, the Red Cross:

• Has provided nearly 1,500 overnight shelter stays for about 500 affected residents and has provided more than 9,500 meals
• Has more than 430 volunteers and staff from 18 states on the ground in affected areas to support the disaster-caused needs of clients
• Has 21 Emergency Response Vehicles serving as mobile and fixed site feeding stations
• Currently, the Red Cross has two shelters open in Cobb County and Cherokee County:

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

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

• Has provided more than 15,000 bulk items including bleach, comfort kits, clean-up kits and bottled water.

The U.S. government has declared 14 of the 20 affected counties in Georgia as federal disaster areas – Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker.

How to Help

1. Donate to the Red Cross. You can help people affected by disasters like the current floods by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

2. Donate blood. The need for blood is constant and the Southern Blood Services Region is committed to continuing to provide blood and blood products to those in need at all times. Visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a drive near you.

3. Donate your time. Sign up as a Red Cross volunteer. Visit http://www.redcross.org.

For continuous updates visit http://newsroom.redcross.org.

 

 


Southeast Floods: Fast Facts as of 9.26.09

September 26, 2009

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Georgia floods:

Shelters opened: 7
Shelter Overnight Stays: 1,250*
Meals served: 6,105*
Snacks served: 7,266*
Comfort kits distributed: 389
Clean up kits distributed: 767*
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21*
Mental Health Consultations: 225*
Health Services Consultations:193*
Red Cross workers involved: 295*


Disaster Alert: Severe Weather in Pennsylvania

July 31, 2009

Disaster Alert

Pennsylvania– Severe Storms in Franklin County damaged buildings and blew off the roof of an apartment building yesterday. The Franklin County chapter opened a shelter and provided help to fifteen overnight residents. Disaster Mental Health (DMH) and Health Services personnel were present at the shelter. The chapter will continue to provide Disaster Assessment.


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