Eastern Massachusetts Supporting Three Shelters

February 8, 2013

BARNSTABLE, MA – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2013. Based on the most recent storm forecast, the REPC announces the following Cape Cod regional shelters will be opened on Friday afternoon, February 8, 2013, at 3 p.m.

Sandwich High School Shelter: 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich
Status: Opening to the public on Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m.

Animal Shelter: Yes

Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School Regional Shelter: 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth

Status: Opening to the public on Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m.

Animal Shelter: Yes

Nauset Regional High School Shelter: 100 Cable Road, Eastham

Status: Opening to the public on Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m.

Animal Shelter: Yes

Press Release: American Red Cross Opens Evacuation Centers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

August 25, 2012

Miami, FL (August 25, 2012) – At the request of local emergency management officials, the American Red Cross will open evacuation centers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.  The Miami-Dade and Broward Offices of Emergency Management may open further centers, as required by hurricane conditions.

The Red Cross evacuation centers currently open in Miami-Dade are:

Michael Krop Sr. High*

1410 County line Rd., Miami, FL33179


Booker T. Washington High School

1200 NW 6th Ave., Miami, FL  33136


Robert Morgan Tech

18180 SW 122 Ave., Miami, FL33177


In Broward County (scheduled to open at 7pm tonight):

Rock Island Elementary

1701 N.W. 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

ArthurAsheMiddle School (Special needs shelter)
1701 N.W. 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Millennium Middle School*
5803 NW 94th Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321

*Pet-Friendly Shelter, only pre-registration pets are accepted.

Please call your respective county at 3-1-1 for any questions regarding shelters and hurricane preparation.


Suggested items to bring to a Red Cross Hurricane Evacuation Center:

  • Drinking water                                                        
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby food and diapers
  • Battery-operated radio, one flashlight per person, extra batteries
  • Prescription medicine
  • Blankets, pillows, and/or sleeping bags
  • Car keys
  • First Aid Kits
  • Identification and valuable papers
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothing
  • Cards, games and books


DO NOT bring the following:

  • Pets to a non-pet-friendly shelter, unless it is a service animal   
  • Firearms
  • TVs
  • Furniture
  • Alcohol, drugs


For a full list of essential supplies that should be in your emergency kit, visit redcross.org  or download the Hurricane App at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android – just search for American Red Cross Hurricane App.


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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org

Disaster Alert: Wildfires in California

August 2, 2012

Disaster Alert

California– Two wild land fires in Shasta and Plumas Counties threatened about 100 structures and prompted the evacuation of some residents yesterday.

The ARC of Northeastern California opened 2 shelters for the affected residents.

A wildfire in Riverside affected 1 home, threatened 12 others and prompted a voluntary evacuation within the vicinity yesterday.

The Riverside County Chapter is in process of opening a shelter and provided hydration to first responders. Meals will be provided if required. The chapter is in contact with the County Office of Emergency Management and a liaison is at the incident command post.

Press Release: American Red Cross Responds to Flooding in Humphreys County

July 12, 2012

July 12th, 2012- Belzoni, MS – The Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding to flooding in the Delta area. Eighty people are displaced and twenty homes are affected. Disaster Action Team members are currently accessing the damage. “We will continue to monitor the rainfall and begin assisting the families with immediate needs.” said Jo Gibbons, Readiness and Response Manager.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of disaster events in Mississippi and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Mississippi Region Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. To make contributions, call 800-RED-CROSS or donate online at http://www.mississippi-redcross.org.

Press Release: Red Cross Assistance Continues Following Montana Fires

July 11, 2012

Great Falls, MT (July 11, 2012) – With containment declared for the Ash Creek Complex fire in Southeastern Montana, the American Red Cross has closed its remaining shelters, but remains committed to assisting the community though the recovery phase.

Over the next few days, Red Cross workers will continue to canvas areas impacted by the recent fires, meet with those who have been affected and help create recovery plans.

Those who need fire-related assistance should call (800) 272-6668 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

“This is a critical time for the Montanans who have been touched by these fires, but our staff and volunteers are here to help” said Rod Kopp, CEO of the American Red Cross of Montana.  “No one has to experience this disaster alone.”

Since the fires began in late June, the Red Cross has (as of July 9):

  • Opened 11 shelters around Montana
  • Provided nearly 500 overnight stays to evacuees
  • Served more than 14,000 meals and snacks local residents and firefighters
  • Distributed more than 1,500 relief items including hygiene kits and cleaning supplies, such as rakes, and work gloves.
  • Deployed nine emergency response vehicles to assist with mobile feeding, disaster assessment and information.

Those who wish to help support American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Montana and around the world can do so by visiting www.montanaredcross.org, calling (800) 272-6668 or mailing a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT  59405.

If you have items like clothing or furniture to donate, consider instead donating your goods to a charity thrift store that is equipped to clean and store the items; often, the Red Cross works with charity partners in the community to connect disaster-affected residents with these resources. Although your generosity is appreciated, Red Cross is asking everyone to not bring unsolicited goods to shelters.

Story: Red Cross and service partners provide one stop shopping for clients at Multi-Agency Resource Center in Ft. Collins

July 11, 2012

 This story is written by Red Cross worker Chuck Bennett.

Since the wildfires started forcing evacuations and destroying homes in Northern Colorado on June 9th, the American Red Cross has been busy helping those in need.   Shelters were set up in Estes Park, Laporte, and Loveland.  Once it was deemed safe to return to the fire zones, Red Cross Mobile Response Vehicles delivered a large amount of cleanup supplies, water, and snacks directly to the area.  Mental Health workers and Medical staff went out in the field to deliver support and advice.  Red Cross Client Services provided outreach and continues to evaluate the individual needs of each family that requests assistance.

Clients affected by the wildfires in Northern Colorado currently can go to the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at235 E. Foothills Parkway, Ft. Collins.  There, they can seek assistance from the American Red Cross and many partner agencies including Adventist Community Services, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Lions Club,Timberline Church & the Fort Collins Church Network.

First a person affected by the disaster must register with the Red Cross.   Then, they can browse through a huge selection of donated items such as furniture, clothing, and dishes.  They can also request direct assistance with cleanup efforts including ash sifting and removal at their home site, housing needs, safety and wellness information, and a huge variety of other immediate disaster needs.   All these services are provided free of charge to those affected by the Colorado wildfires.

If you have not yet received services from the American Red Cross or it’s partner agencies you are encouraged call 1-800-red-cros or go to the “MARC” in Ft.Collins.   It is in the old Mervin’s building behind the Foothills Mall.  Current hours are 9AM to 6PM Mon to Sat and 12PM-6PM Sun.

Press Release: American Red Cross Continual Assistance

July 10, 2012

American Red Cross Continual Assistance

Lake City, Florida July 9, 2012- The American Red Cross continues to support the community by providing safe shelter and food to those affected by flooding left behind by Tropical Storm Debby. In the shelters, Red Cross client caseworkers are identifying client needs while disaster mental health and health services nurses provided counseling as required. Additionally the caseworkers are providing referrals for assistance to partner agencies. While in shelters the Red Cross assists them in engaging federal assistance through FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) or calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. The FEMA website is http://www.FEMA.gov.

As shelter populations decline and client emergency needs are met, the Red Cross either consolidates or closes facilities. Often times these community members return to the life style in which they engaged before disaster forced them to seek shelter. During the long term recovery of the communities affected by Tropical Storm Debby, the Red Cross will remain active assisting affected members of the community and collaborating with our community partners to assist in long term recovery.

American Red Cross shelters close when the immediate needs of our clients have been met. The Red Cross and our partners are present to be involved with the client’s long term recovery assistance planning.

Throughout the Tropical Storm Debby disaster relief the American Red Cross has provided safe shelters for 1186 residents with 44 remaining in shelters as of July 8th, 2012. Residents have received 16,279 meals and 62,801 snacks, 3076 cleanup kits, and 11,726 comfort kits.


HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Help people affected by disasters like the recent tropical storm, 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-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or text 90999 for a $10.00 donation. 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 www.redcross.org.


HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to www.redcross.org or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media—radio, newspaper and television—to find out where local shelters are located.


REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.



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