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

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

Press Release: Red Cross Begins Client Casework in Southeast

September 27, 2009


American Red Cross begins client casework in Southeast
More than 430 volunteers and staff aid in Red Cross response

ATLANTA, September 27, 2009– The American Red Cross began client casework today as preliminary damage assessment shows that nearly 2,000 homes have been affected by flooding in 20 counties in the Southeast.

Ron Kitchens, who lives in Austelle, Ga., returned earlier this week to find flood waters had lifted his one-story ranch off its brick-and-mortar foundation and floated it down the street. The home now rests in the middle of the dead-end road.

Despite the fact that Kitchens and his wife can’t enter the house, they remain upbeat.

“We’re a lot luckier than some. We got out alive,” Kitchens said as he sifted through a Red Cross clean-up kit. “You gotta keep living. You gotta keep going.”

The Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, mental health counseling and emotional support for residents throughout the affected areas.

Thirteen Red Cross disaster assessment teams surveyed homes again Sunday. Preliminary reports indicate that 1,939 homes in Georgia have been affected; 459 of which are destroyed, 517 with major damage.

Through mobile outreach into flood-affected areas, Red Cross caseworkers are connecting one-on-one with people in need and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter and health-related concerns.

Along with providing emotional support, caseworkers can direct clients to recovery resources in the community, including Red Cross Distribution Centers for clean-up supplies (mops, brooms, pails, etc.) and personal hygiene items.

The Red Cross is working with emergency partners in the hard-hit communities of Marietta, Powder Springs and Austell to establish Distribution Centers for clean-up items and bottled water, which will be replenished throughout the day (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.):

o Lawrenceville Fire Dept. Station 20
   1801 Curse Road
   Lawrenceville,, GA 30044

o Powder Springs Police Department
   4483 Pineview Drive
   Powder Springs, GA 30127

o Best Buy – Douglasville
   6875 Douglas Blvd.
   Douglasville, GA 30135

o Austell Shopping Center
    5875 Love St.
   Austell, GA 30168

Since flooding began through Sunday morning, the Red Cross:

• Has provided nearly 1,500 overnight shelter stays for about 500 affected residents and has provided more than 9,500 meals
• Has more than 430 volunteers and staff from 18 states on the ground in affected areas to support the disaster-caused needs of clients
• Has 21 Emergency Response Vehicles serving as mobile and fixed site feeding stations
• Currently, the Red Cross has two shelters open in Cobb County and Cherokee County:

o Cobb County Civic Center
    548 South Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060

o Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (South Annex)
    7545 Main St. Building 200
    Woodstock, GA 30188

• Has provided more than 15,000 bulk items including bleach, comfort kits, clean-up kits and bottled water.

The U.S. government has declared 14 of the 20 affected counties in Georgia as federal disaster areas – Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker.

How to Help

1. Donate to the Red Cross. 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. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

2. Donate blood. The need for blood is constant and the Southern Blood Services Region is committed to continuing to provide blood and blood products to those in need at all times. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a drive near you.

3. Donate your time. Sign up as a Red Cross volunteer. Visit

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Press Release: Florida Redcross Workers Join Hundreds of Disaster Relief Workers

September 26, 2009


Mid-Florida Red Cross Sends Two from Brevard County
to Floods in Southeast

(ROCKLEDGE) Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 — Today, two members of the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region will join hundreds of disaster relief workers from around the country assisting flood victims in the Southeast.

Deputy Disaster Director Melissa Perez and volunteer Becky Smoak-Preston, both with the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region, Space Coast Chapter, left this morning for Atlanta. They expect to remain in the affected areas for up to three weeks.

Perez started as a volunteer at the American Red Cross of Central Florida in 2005. She joined the Space Coast Chapter in October 2008 as Deputy Director of Emergency Services. The Mid-Florida Region makes it possible for her to go since she has the support of the Region’s four chapters covering 13 counties if anything happens locally.

“(I have) Huge thanks to the Mid-Florida Region and the Space Coast (Red Cross) for backing me up while I am gone,” Perez said on her Facebook profile. “I could not do this without you.”

Becky Smoak-Preston has volunteered with the Space Coast Chapter for a year and a half. She was in the office Friday sharpening skills as a caseworker when she got the call.

The American Red Cross is still sheltering people in Georgia and Tennessee, a sign that even though flood waters are slowly receding many are still unable to return home. On Saturday, the Red Cross began opening distribution sites to provide water, mops, brooms, work gloves, 5-gallon buckets and bleach to residents affected by the flood.

Southeast Floods: Postcard from Cameron Ballantyne

September 26, 2009

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I’ve been in the Atlanta area for a few days now and it has been great seeing all the work the Red Cross is doing. I was able to sit down with Johnie Chavours and talk about her stay in our shelter in the Cobb Civic Center. “All the donations are great” she told me, “we haven’t had to want for anything since we’ve been here.” This is the first time Johnie and her boys, Javaris, 14 and J’Danyl, 11, have stayed in a shelter. They had to evacuate their home because of the flooding. They were able to snag their play station from the house along with a few other items. “The kids are having fun” Johnie told me. The boys have set up their games in the middle of the shelter and are taking turns with the other kids. They look like they all are having a good time despite the circumstances. Johnie wanted to thank me and let me know how she felt, “without you guys [Red Cross], we would be out in the water floating, because that’s where we were, in the water floating. You guys gave us a place to lay our heads, you guys gave us shelter and we thank you for that. We thank God for that, we thank God for you.”

Johnie and her sons were one of the 1,250 people that received support, food, comfort and a place to sleep last night in a Red Cross shelter.




Southeast Floods Update: Red Cross Distribution Sites

September 25, 2009

The Red Cross will be setting up distribution sites on Saturday. These sites will provide items for residents affected by the floods. Items will include water, mops, brooms, work gloves, 5 gallon buckets and bleach.


o East Cobb Police Precinct #4 
   4400 Lower Roswell Road
   Marietta, GA 30060

o Powder Springs Police
   4483 Pineview Drive
   Powder Springs, GA 30127

o Austell Fire Department
   5300 Austell-Powder Springs Rd.
   Austell, GA 30106

o Cobb Civic Center
   548 South Marietta Parkway
   Marietta, GA 30060

Red Cross Partners: East Cobb Police Department, Austell Community Center and the Mayor of Austell, Powder Springs Police Department, Austell Fire Department, AmeriCorps, Day Star Tabernacle
Mount Zion AME Church


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