|Red Cross Tornado Response|
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|Sunday, 04 March 2012 07:14|
The American Red Cross has launched a large relief operation across 11 states to help people affected by yesterday’s devastating tornado outbreak in the South and Midwest. Weather experts reported as many as 95 confirmed tornadoes touched down, destroying communities from the Great Lakes to the Southeast.
“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this week’s severe storms,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Disaster Services. “Our top priorities right now are making sure people have a safe place to stay, a warm meal and a shoulder to lean on as they begin to clean up their neighborhoods. The Red Cross is also working closely with our government and community partners to make sure everyone gets the help they need.”
Friday night, the Red Cross opened or supported 22 shelters in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Across the affected states, trained Red Cross disaster workers are mobilizing to begin feeding operations and distribution of relief supplies. Red Cross health services and mental health workers also will be out in neighborhoods help people cope with what they’ve seen and experienced. And damage assessment teams will also help the Red Cross and our partners discover the full scope of the damage.
Red Cross Response in Western NC:
Three areas heavily impacted: Murphy, Peachtree (area within Murphy), Hiwassee Dam area, NC.
To date, approximately 30 volunteers and 10 staff members are providing the much needed assistance which ranges from delivering meals into affected neighborhoods, shelter those without homes, health and mental health assessments, and the distribution of cleaning supplies.
Shelter open at Peachtree Fire Department; housed seven clients last night.
Peachtree Volunteer Fire Department
115 Upper Peachtree Road
Murphy, NC 28906
Three Emergency Response Vehicles and box truck in affected communities proving mobile food services and bulk distribution.
NC Baptist Men cooking meals for the Red Cross to deliver to the affected neighborhoods; serving approximately 200 meals per day.
Red Cross Response in Charlotte area:
In NC, the Red Cross is on the ground in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties.
Preliminary Damage Assessment numbers:
Cabarrus: 49 total; 14 major, 4 destroyed
Mecklenburg: 132 total; 8 major; 3 destroyed
We are doing mobile feeding, distributing clean-up supplies and feeding at the shelter. We're also providing emotional support.
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