Disaster Update: Stranded Passengers in Colorado

February 2, 2011

Disaster Update

Colorado – As travel corridors start to open up, Greyhound has revised the number of stranded residents down to roughly 30 passengers. Instead of opening a separate shelter, the Red Cross will be dropping off cots and blankets at the downtown terminal between 4:30pm and 4:45pm today

American Red Cross Mile High Chapter


Disaster Update: Winter Storm Shelters in OK

February 2, 2011

Disaster Update

Oklahoma – Red Cross is closing its stranded motorist shelters in all communities except Vinita and Miami. The Red Cross, working with local and area emergency, law enforcement and other agencies has been successful in helping people get back to their vehicles and safely on their way.

We expect that the shelters in Miami and Vinita will remain open at least through tonight.

The next Red Cross operations briefing will be Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 in our Emergency Operations Center. Media is welcome to attend the briefing at the Tulsa Area Chapter, located at 11th & Hwy. 169.

Red Cross Stranded Motorist Shelter locations remaining open:

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Disaster Update: Winter Storm Operations in Tulsa, OK

February 2, 2011

Disaster Alert

Oklahoma – The Red Cross housed 65-70 people overnight in its stranded motorist shelters, providing people who could not reach their destinations with a safe, warm place to stay, a cot, and hot meals.

Today, the Red Cross will focus on assisting our shelter residents get back to their vehicles and safely on their way as soon as possible, although our shelters will remain in operation as long as needed. Red Cross will work with area and local emergency, law enforcement and other agencies on transportation for the shelter residents.

The stranded motorist shelter that was opened in Warner will close this morning due to lack of need.

The next Red Cross operations briefing will be Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 in our Emergency Operations Center. Media is welcome to attend the briefing at the Tulsa Area Chapter, located at 11th & Hwy. 169.

Both Red Cross Centers in Tulsa and all Red Cross blood drives in Oklahoma have been cancelled today.

This will increase the number of units lost since the storm started to 500+.

Blood deliveries are being made to area hospitals as they requested it.

Red Cross Stranded Motorist Shelter locations:

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Disaster Alert: Winter Storms in Mississipi, Texas, East Coast States

February 12, 2010

Disaster Alert

Mississippi – Inclement weather affected residents in Hancock, Harrison and Forrest Counties on Thursday.

The South Central Mississippi Chapter opened 2 shelters in Forrest County for local area residents. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter opened a shelter in Hancock and Harrison Counties for travelers and affected-area residents.

Texas – A record-breaking winter storm that continued to effect several parts of the state, particularly in the Dallas/Ft. Worth region, left thousands of residents without power on Thursday.

All chapters placed shelters on stand-by, contacted local emergency management and are ready to respond, if necessary.

East Coast Storms – Thousands of residents throughout several states and the District of Columbia continue to be affected by power outages because of the Nor’easter and blizzard that occurred on Tuesday through Wednesday on top of the weekend storm.

Delaware was placed under a State of Emergency yesterday.

Chapters within the affected areas kept dozens of shelters open and provided Mass Care for local residents, as well as stranded travelers, and continued to collaborate with government agencies and community organizations to provide support as needed.


Disaster Alert: Winter Storm

February 10, 2010

Disaster Alert

Winter Storm: Thousands of residents throughout several states and the District of Columbia continue to be affected by power outages as a result of the winter storm that occurred over the weekend. In addition, a major Nor’easter storm is affecting much of the area. Several Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect.

North Carolina; West Virginia; Virginia; Maryland; Washington DC; Pennsylvania; Delaware; New Jersey

Chapters within the affected areas kept dozens of shelters open and provided Mass Care for local residents, as well as stranded travelers, and continued to collaborate with government agencies and community organizations to provide support as needed.


Disaster Alert: Winter Storm in Mid-Atlantic

February 9, 2010

Disaster Alert

Winter Storm
Thousands of residents throughout several states and the District of Columbia continue to be affected by power outages as a result of the winter storm that occurred over the weekend. In addition, a major Nor’easter storm is forecast for today. Several Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect.

North Carolina; West Virginia; Virginia; Maryland; Washington DC; Pennsylvania; Delaware; New Jersey
Chapters within the affected areas kept dozens of shelters open and provided Mass Care for local residents, as well as stranded travelers, and continued to collaborate with government agencies and community organizations to provide support as needed.


Disaster Alert: Winter Storm in Texas

December 30, 2009

Disaster Alert

Texas – A winter storm affected different counties throughout the state yesterday. Extent of damage or whether there were any injuries or deaths is unknown at this time. The Chisholm Trail and El Paso Area chapters have placed a number of shelters on standby and are actively engaged with local officials and Emergency Management.

The Smith County, Heart of Texas Area, ARC of Central Texas, San Antonio and Dallas Area Chapters are prepared to respond if needed.


Disaster Alert: Winter Wallop Storm

December 19, 2009

Disaster Alert

The powerful winter storm affecting the East Coast will continue to bring heavy snow accumulation and blizzard conditions throughout most of the East Area. A total of 1 to 2 feet of snow is expected in some areas. A Snow Emergency is in effect for Washington DC. The South Area are forecast to continue receiving snow and rain showers today. Windy and cold conditions are expected in several portions.Snow is expected in several portions of the Central Area with up to a foot of snow possible in some areas. Light snow and rain is likely in parts of the West Area.

North Carolina – The Winter Wallop Storm dumped several inches of snow in numerous counties throughout the state and closed roads, stranded travelers, and caused power outages that prompted the evacuation of local residents.

As of midnight, Dec. 19th, there was a total number of 10 ARC managed and partner shelters with 161 occupants.

The Asheville Mountain Area Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team (DAT), opened 6 shelters and supported another for scores of overnight travelers and affected-area residents.

Haywood County Chapter deployed a DAT and opened a shelter for 28 overnight residents.

Polk County Chapter deployed a DAT and opened a shelter for 40 overnight affected-area residents and stranded travelers.

Transylvania County Chapter placed a shelter on stand-by.

Catawba Valley Chapter deployed a DAT and opened a shelter for travelers and residents in the affected area.

West Virginia – The Winter Wallop Storm continued up the East Coast on Friday within Greenbrier County and closed a major highway that left travelers stranded late Friday night.

As of midnight, Dec. 19th, there was a total number of 1 ARC managed and partner shelters with 76 occupants.

The Greenbrier Valley Chapter deployed a DAT, opened a shelter for 76 overnight residents, placed another one on standby and provided Mass Care.


Preparedness Alert: Winter Storms

December 4, 2009

Winter storms are expected today and through this weekend in areas that aren’t accustomed to winter storms (Texas, Louisiana, etc).

Please review this Winter Storms Safety Checklist so you can be ready this weekend and throughout this winter.

Winter Storms


Disaster Alert: Snow Storm in Colorado

April 20, 2009

Disaster Alert

Colorado – More than a foot of wet, heavy snow closed highways for 80 miles, canceled flights and caused power outages to thousands of residents of the western part of the state on Saturday. The Mile High Chapter opened 2 shelters and provided food and care for hundreds of stranded travelers and affected area residents.


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