Press Release: American Red Cross Helping 21 People After Weekend Fires in Waterbury, New Milford, New Haven, Danbury and Norwich.

January 6, 2014

FARMINGTON, CONN., January 5, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 21 people in 10 families after fires and a ceiling collapse over the weekend in Waterbury, New Milford, New Haven, Danbury and Norwich.

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency clothing and food needs after a fire on Warner Street on Friday. Red Cross volunteers John Lennon and Amy Thomas responded to assist the resident.

In New Milford, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency housing needs after a ceiling collapse in an apartment on Chestnut Grove on Saturday. Red Cross volunteers John Lennon and Amy Thomas responded to assist the displaced resident.

In New Haven, the Red Cross is helping four adults in four units after a fire Saturday on Norton Street. Three adults received help with emergency housing and food needs. One adult received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers Geoff Harris, Lionel Dunlap and Andrew Curtis responded to assist the residents.

In Danbury, the Red Cross is helping eight adults and three children in three families after a fire today on Golden Hill Avenue. All three families are receiving help with emergency housing and food needs. Red Cross volunteers Ed Briggs, Jim King, Betsy Kraushaar and MJ deBourbon responded to assist the families.

In Norwich, the Red Cross is helping a family of one adult and three children with emergency food needs after a fire this evening on East Main Street. Although the house was a multi-unit structure, the other units were vacant at the time of the fire. The family has alternate housing arrangements. Red Cross volunteers Ira Haas, Ginny Haas, Bruce Adams and David Beatty responded to assist the family.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.

Press Release: Ocean & Monmouth County Groups Receive Nearly $3 Million in Grants for Sandy Recovery

October 11, 2013

Tinton Falls, NJ, October 9, 2013 –The American Red Cross today awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs roundtables formed to help disaster-affected Monmouth and Ocean County households.

The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster affected homes to safe, secure and sanitary conditions and provide disaster case management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.

“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”

The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group will use its $1.85 million Red Cross grant to assist approximately 350 individuals and families whose primary household was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, prioritizing those residents most in need of service or funding. This assistance includes construction materials and rebuilding services, development and coordination of individualized long-term disaster recovery plans and volunteer labor.

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Press Release: Red Cross Response Seaside Park Boardwalk Fire

September 14, 2013

Red Cross Response Seaside Park Boardwalk Fire

Refreshments, comfort  and support for First responders

OCEAN, Friday, September 13, 2013 American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter responded to a call for assistance to Seaside Park Boardwalk for a ten-alarm fire in the afternoon of September 12.  Approximately 20 Red Cross Disaster Responders were on the scene providing food, drink and comfort for the firefighters and First Responders around 5 pm yesterday afternoon.  The Red Cross Disaster Responders stayed on the scene until early Friday morning, serving coffee and offering support to all emergency personnel involved in putting out the blaze.

“The Red Cross is saddened by this tragic fire that has impacted the residents and businesses still in the process of recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park” said Nancy Orlando, South Jersey Region CEO.

Press Release: As Some Residents Return Home, Red Cross Shelter Stands Ready for More Evacuations

August 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Saturday night saw the first decrease in population at the Red Cross Mother Lode Fairgrounds shelter since the Rim Fire began a week ago. With many residents of the Pine Mountain Lake community being allowed to return to their homes, the Red Cross shelter had a total of 135 residents stay the night – down from 184 the night before.

However, as firefighters continue the battle for containment on the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County, there is still a danger and many communities remain under evacuation advisories. The Red Cross remains ready to receive residents should they choose to leave their homes. The Fairgrounds shelter – located at 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora – has the capacity for as many as 1,000 evacuees, and the Red Cross is prepared to open additional shelters should the need arise.

Since the shelter opened on Monday, many members of the community have come forward to graciously offer assistance in the form of volunteering or offering donated items. Should you feel compelled to assist the Red Cross response, you are are encouraged to please contact the Red Cross office in Sonora at (209) 533-1513.

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Press Release: American Red Cross Awards $1.5 Million to the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church to Help With Sandy Recovery

July 11, 2013

Tinton Falls, NJ, June 28, 2013 – The American Red Cross today awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church for Superstorm Sandy recovery work with the elderly, disabled and low-income families.

“We are so pleased to partner with the Red Cross to help the most vulnerable populations within New Jersey who were affected by Sandy,” said Bobbie Ridgely, director of A Future with Hope, Inc. and the Sandy recovery efforts of GNJUMC. “Thanks to this generous funding, we will be able to identify and work with Sandy survivors who require special care, and help them build a new future over the next 18 months.”

The Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church has close to 600 congregations in the New Jersey area. It established an independent non-profit organization, A Future with Hope, Inc., to focus on relief and recovery, most notably in construction/repair and disaster case management. This grant will help an estimated 190 New Jersey families and repair 75 homes, as well as assist the organization train and deploy up to 1,000 volunteers in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Press Release: Alabama Red Cross Responding to Families with Damaged Homes

April 12, 2013

HOOVER, Ala., April, 12, 2013 The American Red Cross Alabama Region is assisting residents affected by the severe weather that moved through Alabama yesterday and last night. Preliminary damage reports indicate that approximately five (5) homes in the state sustained either major damage or were destroyed. Red Cross volunteers are on the ground assessing the damage in Fayette, Madison, Pickens, Walker, Winston, Houston, and Geneva Counties.

The Red Cross will provide assistance to those affected as needed and requested from other agencies responding. The Red Cross is working with other county emergency management agencies to determine where help may be needed.

This weather system affected other states across the United States and the Red Cross is responding to those affected. In Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, the Red Cross is currently providing food, relief supplies and health and mental health services and will be in the affected areas today assessing the damage. Shelters were also opened in affected areas.

You can help get your family and home ready for severe weather with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. Download it directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Press Release: Alabama Red Cross Monitoring Weather and Urges Residents to Stay Aware

April 11, 2013

HOOVER, Ala., April, 11, 2013 The American Red Cross Alabama Region is monitoring the weather system that is moving across Alabama today and is prepared to respond if needed. Red Cross volunteers, supplies, and shelters are on standby, and will be ready to respond to whatever this system may bring.

The Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safe when severe weather threatens. As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends individuals and families respond to severe weather in the following ways.

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

Another thing people can do to help get ready is to download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices. Apps are available to help during hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires, another which puts first aid information at someone’s fingertips and another that helps locate Red Cross shelters. The free apps are available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.