American Samoa: Volunteers Arrive

October 4, 2009

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Reported by Bob Howard from American Samoa

Map: American Samoa

Teams of young volunteers are:

  • hard at work learning to build temporary housing
  • registering survivors

51 Red Cross Volunteers arrived in American Samoa at 3 am local time Saturday on a C-17 plane from Hawaii.

The plane also carried items such as fresh produce and medical supplies.

Despite the destruction and deaths from the tsunami, 125 residents of American Samoa are volunteering with the American Red Cross.

They were joined early Sunday by:

The total Red Cross presence from the U.S. mainland and Hawaii now stands at 70.

Find out how they flew, where they’re staying, electricity status, and supply distribution methods after the jump.

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Samoan Tsunami: Disaster Operation Brief

September 30, 2009

Disaster Operations Brief

Joe Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, discusses the American Red Cross response to the devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. He differentiates the areas affected, details the initial and continuing Red Cross response, and gives thanks for the generous support of donors and volunteers.


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