Press Release: The American Red Cross Greater NY Region Responds to Winter Blizzard

December 28, 2010

The American Red Cross Greater NY Region Responds to Winter Blizzard

Sunday, December 27, 2010 – The Greater New York (GNY) Regional Chapters—Greater New York, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Shelter Island and Greenwich, Connecticut—are assisting residents affected by the fierce winter storm that blanketed the region. The storm covered New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley with between 12 and 24 inches of snow, disrupting rail and air travel and causing a number of power outages.

In advance of the storm, all Chapters within the GNY region immediately urged New Yorkers to stay safe by providing important winter storm safety tips on Chapter websites and issuing media releases. Additionally, in preparation for a seamless response effort, Chapters prepositioned emergency supplies and identified relief workers by functional area—mass care (feeding), shelter operations, health and mental health services, disaster assessment, logistics and public affairs—to assist as needed. Working with government agencies and community partners, a number of shelters were opened throughout the region to provide affected residents with a warm, safe place to stay, a hot meal and a shoulder to lean on.

At the height of the storm, the Greater NY Region provided humanitarian assistance as follows:

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Press Release: Red Cross Responds to Help 35 Seniors in New York

July 28, 2010

Red Cross Responds to Help 35 Seniors in Avon

GENESEO, N.Y., Wednesday, July 28, 2010 – The Northern Livingston County Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping 35 senior citizens displaced at Avon Green Apartments. The Red Cross was called to help the individuals around 9 am after a vehicle damaged the building and the residents were forced to evacuate.

“The Red Cross is currently assisting the residents at the Avon Village Hall,” said David Parrish, Executive Director of the Northern Livingston County Red Cross. “We’re partnering with the Office of the Aging and Kraft General Foods, which has donated lunchables and drinks for the individuals.”

The Greater Rochester Red Cross deployed its Emergency Response Vehicle to Avon to provide Mass Care (drinks and snacks) to the officials on the scene and has additional supplies of snacks for the residents as well.

The Northern Livingston Red Cross will continue to assess the situation and will be ready to provide shelter for the residents if they are unable to return to their home today. The Northern Livingston County relies on generous donations from the community, which allows the Red Cross to respond to disasters such as this and provide immediate items to help people get back on their feet.

  • Avon Green Apartment residents impacted by this disaster should call the Northern Livingston Red Cross for more information and assistance at 585-243-7029.
  • Media inquires may be directed to Nadine Krimow at 585-370-1834 or nadinek@grcarc.org

Press Release: Extremely Active Hurricane Season Looms – American Red Cross Launches New Disaster Relief Fundraising Drive

July 27, 2010

Extremely Active Hurricane Season Looms – American Red Cross Launches New Disaster Relief Fundraising Drive

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 — The American Red Cross has launched a new fundraising drive in anticipation of a very active hurricane season that could be made even worse by the Gulf Coast oil spill.

“We are worried about predictions of a severe hurricane season and the possibility that people will need to evacuate their homes for longer periods of time, given the oil in the Gulf,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross.

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Press Release: Red Cross Distributing Clean-Up Supplies to Flood Victims

July 23, 2010

Red Cross Distributing Clean-Up Supplies to Flood Victims

(FLAGSTAFF) July 22, 2010 – The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross is distributing clean-up kits and water to Flagstaff-area residents impacted by Tuesday’s flood. A team of Red Cross volunteers is driving in the affected areas in a mobile distribution vehicle called an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV).

The clean-up kits contain a five gallon bucket, gallon of bleach, powdered household cleanser, dish detergent and clean-up rags. Volunteers will also distribute educational materials on what to do after a flood or mudslide.

Earlier today, Red Cross disaster assessment teams partnered with county and state teams to determine the extent of damage to specific homes throughout the area.

The shelter, located at Cromer Elementary School, 7150 Silver Saddle Rd, remains open with nine residents. To date, 149 people have registered their information at the shelter.

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to five disaster incidents in Coconino County in the first six months of 2009. That number doubled in the first six months of 2010. Direct financial assistance to these disasters increased 83%. The Red Cross is able to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors in need through the generous support of Arizonans. If you would like to make a donation to help victims of a local disaster like this one, please call 602-336-6660 or go to www.arizonaredcross.org.


Press Release: Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Efforts Continue to Expand

July 23, 2010

Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Efforts Continue to Expand

LEXINGTON, KY – With the additional flooding in Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday and Wednesday, the American Red Cross has expanded its relief operations. Now operating in Pike, Carter, Lewis, and Rowan counties, Red Cross damage assessments indicate at least 250 homes have been either destroyed or heavily damaged.

Additional Red Cross staff members have been called in from around the country to assist with the relief operations. Relief efforts include immediate emergency assistance, such as sheltering, feeding, and distribution of bulk cleaning items, and client casework.

As relief efforts expand so does community support. On Thursday, UK Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari pledged $5,000 from the Calipari Family Foundation. “During the Hoops for Haiti telethon I witnessed first hand the power of the Big Blue Nation,” Calipari said. “Now it’s time for us to step up and help our friends and neighbors right here in the Commonwealth. Ellen and I are going to lead the way with this gift and we hope all of the big blue nation will join us in reaching out to those who have been affected by this disaster.”

Anyone wishing to request assistance from the American Red Cross should contact their local Red Cross Chapter.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge. Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution to the Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief effort may call the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross at 859-253-1331 or visit redcrosslexky.org.


Press Release: American Red Cross Officials Prepare for Tropical Storm

July 22, 2010

American Red Cross Officials Prepare for Tropical Storm

Huntsville, AL – As a potential development of a tropical storm threatens the coastal states, American Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteers and Officials are prepared for landfall. Red Cross is the first agency on the scene of disasters to provide shelter, meals, and other disaster-caused needs to those affected. Mary Moreillon, Executive Director, states, “In preparation for the 2010 Hurricane season, critical disaster relief supplies are strategically pre-positioned in hurricane prone states. Potential shelter locations are being identified and equipped to receive evacuees. Red Cross Volunteer crews throughout the Red Cross network, including North Alabama, along with their Emergency Response Vehicles, are on stand-by for deployment to assist with bulk distribution of supplies, mobile feeding and shelter operations.”


Press Release: The UPS Foundation and the American Red Cross Pre-positioning of Supplies for the 2010 Hurricane Season

July 15, 2010

The UPS Foundation and the American Red Cross Pre-positioning of Supplies for the 2010 Hurricane Season

In preparation for the 2010 Hurricane Season, the American Red Cross has moved critical disaster relief stock to our Disaster Field Supply Centers (DFSCs) in the hurricane prone states. The DFSCs are strategically placed throughout TX, MS, AL, GA and FL to cover the Gulf of Mexico and in NC, VA, PA and NJ to provide coverage along the East Coast. While we have made strategic decisions to position stock in our DFSCs, we still have identified high risk areas where on-site (pre-positioned) support is needed.

For last year’s hurricane season, The UPS Foundation generously funded pre-positioning in vulnerable areas by moving and storing goods. The Foundation had also offered to help identify UPS buildings that could potentially be used as disaster relief operation (DRO) headquarters. We understand that The Foundation is willing to assist once again. Outlined below are basic needs for this season as well as the rationale behind our pre-positioning strategy including our recent experience. As in 2009, our respective logistics staff will work on the necessary details.

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