American Samoa: Volunteers Arrive

October 4, 2009

Pacific Islands Tsunami: Volunteers arrive in American Samoa Pacific Islands Tsunami: Volunteers travel to American Samoa on C-17 Plane

Reported by Bob Howard from American Samoa

Map: American Samoa

Teams of young volunteers are:

  • hard at work learning to build temporary housing
  • registering survivors

51 Red Cross Volunteers arrived in American Samoa at 3 am local time Saturday on a C-17 plane from Hawaii.

The plane also carried items such as fresh produce and medical supplies.

Despite the destruction and deaths from the tsunami, 125 residents of American Samoa are volunteering with the American Red Cross.

They were joined early Sunday by:

The total Red Cross presence from the U.S. mainland and Hawaii now stands at 70.

Find out how they flew, where they’re staying, electricity status, and supply distribution methods after the jump.

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Disaster Alert – Winter Storm

March 30, 2009

Disaster Alert

Kansas – A winter storm moved through the state and brought snow, ice, and high winds that knocked out power and stranded travelers. The Mid-Way Kanasas Chapter and Cannonball Trail Chapter opened a warming center and fed hundreds of people staying in nearby hotels as well as emergency workers.

Disaster Alert: volcano eruption

March 30, 2009

Disaster Alert

Alaska – Mount Redoubt continued to erupt over the weekend and caused major disruptions to and from Anchorage International Airport. The Red Cross chapter of Alaska provided cots for stranded travelers.

Winter Storms: National Update

January 28, 2009




WASHINGTON, January 28, 2009 – The American Red Cross provided warmth and shelter for almost 500 people overnight whose homes were without power from the winter storm that has pummeled its way across the eastern half of the country. According to news reports, the storm has been blamed for 19 deaths and numerous injuries as it moves into the Northeast, bringing with it additional warnings of power outages from the ice and snow.

Officials in many of the affected areas say it may be days until power can be restored. Winter storm warnings were posted from Arkansas to Maine.

Red Cross opened 44 shelters Tuesday in Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana. As the storm moves into the Northeast, officials are warning of additional power outages related to the storm.

The storm has also kept residents away from Red Cross blood drives due to the extremely hazardous traveling conditions. Red Cross is asking those who can give blood to make an appointment by visiting or by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE. You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to give blood. Some states allow 16-year-olds to donate with parental consent. If you have given blood before, it must be 56 days since your last donation.

Red Cross offers the following safety tips for winter storms and power losses:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Avoid driving and other travel until conditions improve.
  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
  • If you shovel snow, be extremely careful. Take frequent breaks and avoid overexertion.
  • Use only a flashlight for emergency lighting. Do not use candles.
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when your power went out.
  • Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer.
  • If you are using a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect the generator to your home’s electrical system.
  • Do not run your generator inside your home or garage.

You can get more information on winter storm and power loss safety by visiting


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