Press Release: NY Red Cross Assists Residents After Fierce Storm Sweeps Through NYC

September 17, 2010

NY Red Cross Assists Residents After Fierce Storm Sweeps Through NYC

September 17, 2011 – A violent storm, carrying the hallmarks of a tornado, with close to 100 mile an hour winds, swept through New York City around 5:30 last night, leaving downed trees, roofs blown clear off houses, and debris strewn across neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. NY Red Cross relief workers immediately responded to help affected residents in all three boroughs. Additionally, the Chapter activated its Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan Disaster Action Teams (DATs) and placed its Queens and Staten Island DATs on standby to provide support as necessary, or to open a Red Cross shelter if the need arose.

The Chapter registered a total of 63 people (50 adults and 13 children) throughout the affected areas for Red Cross services, which can include emergency funds for food, clothing and other basic necessities. Temporary housing was required for four households (10 adults and 6 children) in Brooklyn, one of the worst hit areas.

Red Cross responders continue to work with displaced residents registered for assistance to determine their immediate needs, and are in the process of conducting further damage assessment throughout the affected areas to determine additional needs for emergency care and assistance.

“This storm blew through the city in mere minutes, leaving an amazing amount of destruction behind,” said Chief Response Officer Bob Imbornoni. “Mother Nature can turn one’s life upside down in a New York minute, which is why the NY Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared before an emergency or disaster occurs.” Be Red Cross Ready by taking 3 simple steps: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed.

You can help people affected by disasters like this here and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. You can now donate by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit or call 1-877-REDCROSS (1-877-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross in Greater New York, 520 W. 49th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Disaster Alert: Tornadoes in North Dakota / Minnesota

August 9, 2010

Disaster Alert

North Dakota / Minnesota – A number of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Richland (ND) and Wilkin (MN) counties damaging some farmsteads and two homes Saturday night.

The Minn-Kota Chapter performed Disaster Assessment, provided financial assistance and placed one family in a hotel. They will provide follow up casework today.

Photos: Storms in Wisconsin

July 16, 2010

Disaster Supplies Being Loaded in Wisconsin Clean-up Kits in Wisconsin

Disaster Alert: Tornadoes/Flash Floods in Wisconsin

July 15, 2010

Disaster Alert

Wisconsin – Tornadoes and flash floods affected several counties washing out roads, prompting evacuations and rescues, knocking out power to thousands and causing varying degrees of damage to homes.

The Lakeland Chapter provided mass care for 70 firefighters and emergency personnel. They will begin disaster assessment this morning.

The ARC of East Central Wisconsin Chapter is doing disaster assessment, has identified a shelter and placed shelter team on standby.

The Western Wisconsin and North Central Wisconsin Chapters will provide the Disaster Operations Center with updates.

Press Release: Red Cross Disaster Response Transitions to Local Chapters in MN

June 30, 2010

Red Cross Disaster Response Transitions to Local Chapters in the Areas Affected by June 17 Tornadoes

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 29, 2010 – The American Red Cross disaster response transitions this week to local chapters following the June 17 tornadoes across Minnesota.

“We are returning the disaster operation response to the Red Cross chapters in the affected areas,” says Sue Hutson, the Red Cross volunteer director of operations for the June 17 disaster response. “The local chapters have the ability to continue needed casework for vulnerable families.”

Until now the Red Cross response has been state-wide, drawing from volunteers and paid staff from ten chapters, including Central Minnesota, Freeborn County, Goodhue County, Mower County, South Central Minnesota, Southeast Minnesota, St. Croix Valley, Twin Cities Area Chapter and Winona County in Minnesota; and the Minn-Kota chapter that covers areas in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The Red Cross anticipates that it will spend between $259,000 and $406,000 to help people rebuild their lives following the June 17 tornadoes.


Spring/Summer 2010 Disaster Response

June 25, 2010
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Photos: Tornadoes in Minnesota and Wisconsin

June 24, 2010

Wisconsin Tornado 2010

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Disaster Alert: Floods and Tornadoes in Iowa

June 24, 2010

Disaster Alert

Iowa – Straight-line winds, a confirmed tornado and rain caused damage as storms moved through Fort Dodge, Franklin, Butler and other counties on Wednesday. There were reports of water in some homes.

The Hawkeye Chapter opened a shelter and provided mass care to the residents.

The Brushy Creek Chapter contacted the Emergency Management Agency, started damage assessment, and placed a shelter team, volunteers, and an Emergency Response Vehicle on standby.

Photos: June 2010 Floods and Tornadoes

June 24, 2010

June 2010 Floods and Tornadoes

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Press Release: Red Cross Responds Across Minnesota to Help Those Affected by Tornadoes

June 18, 2010

Red Cross Responds Across Minnesota to Help Those Affected by Tornadoes

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 18, 2010 – Volunteers with the American Red Cross are on the ground helping those affected by the devastating storms that passed through the Upper Midwest on Thursday.

Red Cross disaster response teams are providing mass care, damage assessment, and emotional support in the most affected areas, including Faribault, Freeborn, Steele, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, and Wadena counties. All Red Cross evacuation shelters opened on Thursday are now closed.

Early assessments indicate that there will be some need for emergency relief supplies such as tarpaulins, plywood, and clean up materials in some areas. Feeding operations have begun in several communities.



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