Story: Tight-Knit in Lindenhurst, NY

November 14, 2012

Story and photo by Dick McGee

While waiting for his hot meals from the American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle, Jack Snee related how he and his neighbors are a tightly knit social group. The common bond between them has enabled about ten families to help one another through the recovery process after Superstorm Sandy. Jack’s house is at the end of a dead end street on the waterfront in Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY.  This neighborhood group has shared the good times, and the bad, for several years. “We are really coming along quite well,” he said.

Jack shares his home with his parents, a sister, and her daughter. “Nearly everyone around here evacuated early,” he recalled. “I got my parents out and we left on Sunday afternoon.”  But he was amazed by the apparent force of the storm surge. Jack described the bewilderment he felt upon returning home for the first time. “I absolutely couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he remembered. “There was a house right there in the middle of the street, and three or four really large boats in the front yards,” he exclaimed, pointing out where these strange sights had occurred. “I realized I couldn’t stay here with four feet of water in the house, so I went to stay with a buddy for about a week.”

Jack, who has recently been promoted to Manager of an Outback Steak House in the area, was adamant in his praise of the Red Cross. “What you people have been doing to help us is absolutely wonderful. A group of us in the neighborhood were talking about it just last night, and we agreed that because of the Red Cross relief efforts , and with the way we all pull together for each other, we really couldn’t ask for anything more.”

With a final “Thank you” to the Red Cross, Jack picked up his five hot lunch meals, with fruit, snacks and water and headed for his house to find shelter from the gently falling rain.

 


Fast Facts: Spring Floods 2010

April 7, 2010

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

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


Red River Flooding

March 17, 2010

The Red River in Minnesota and North Dakota is expected to reach flooding level today.

Local staff and volunteers have been operating mobile feeding operations in partnership with the Salvation Army. Sandbagging operations have been in progress during the last couple weeks.

National Red Cross volunteers and resources have been called to action and a leadership team will be going to North Dakota today.

The local chapter also activated a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team to help. These volunteer teams will be on hand to let families know what to expect physically and emotionally in the days ahead.

For more information, please contact:

Minn-Kota Chapter

  • Grand Forks Office
    1708 River Road NW
    East Grand Forks, MN 56721
    218.773.9565
  • Fargo Chapter Office
    2602 12th Street North
    Fargo, ND 58102
    701.364.1800
  • Fergus Falls Office
    221 West Cavour Avenue
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    218.736.3481

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


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 30, 2009

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

Shelters opened: 8
Shelter Overnight Stays: 2,011
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 44,453
Meals served: 22,165
Snacks served: 19,479
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21
Mental Health Consultations: 1,034
Health Services Consultations: 642
Red Cross workers involved: 742


Southeast Floods: Updated Stats

September 29, 2009

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

Shelters opened: 7
Shelter Overnight Stays: 1,838
• Supplies distributed (like Clean up kits): 28,334
Meals served: 18,672
Snacks served: 13,952
Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 21
Mental Health Consultations: 871
Health Services Consultations: 493
Red Cross workers involved: 742


Press Release: Southeast Residents Cope With Floods

September 28, 2009

newsrelease
Red Cross helping southeast residents cope
with flooding nightmare

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2009 – The rains are over, but the clean-up has only just begun as hundreds of American Red Cross staff and volunteers continue to help those affected by the devastating flooding which inundated the area last week.

For nearly 200 people, home is still a Red Cross shelter. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are in flood-ravaged neighborhoods providing meals, snacks, and clean-up supplies. Red Cross disaster assessment teams are surveying homes for damage, and caseworkers are working directly with individuals and families, providing assistance for food, clothing, shelter and health-related concerns, as well as directing people to other recovery resources.

In about two weeks time, the Red Cross has served more than 12,700 meals and 11,400 snacks, and provided more than 28,300 items such as bleach, comfort kits, bottled water and clean-up kits.

The Red Cross pre-positions supplies and disaster equipment around the country to be able to rush relief services into affected areas when disaster strikes. Since 1997, members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) have pledged donations in advance of major disasters to ensure the Red Cross has the ability to respond immediately when needed. This year, members have provided more than $20 million in funding for the Disaster Relief Fund.

ADGP members include Altria Group, Inc., American Express, AXA Foundation, ConAgra Foods, FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Raytheon, Ryder Charitable Foundation, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc., UnitedHealthcare, and UPS.

“Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, we are able to mobilize human and material resources at a moments notice to provide lifesaving services,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These funds, coupled with the support of the American public, are critical during floods and enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given.”

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. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting redcross.org.


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