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Red Cross Offering Support to Victims of Harvey & Irma

07 September 2017   Cassidy Penney
Red Cross Mounting Massive Response to Irma

Red Cross Continues Working Around the Clock to Provide
Shelter, Food, Comfort and Emergency Support to Victims of Harvey

Phoenix, Arizona, September 6, 2017 — The American Red Cross is mounting a massive response, mobilizing and pre-positioning disaster responders and relief items in areas that will potentially be hit by the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record, Hurricane Irma. Red Cross workers are already hard at work from the mid-Atlantic region to Florida, including the island nations throughout the storm’s path and will be ready to shelter more than 120,000 people. Blood products were also shipped to Puerto Rico ahead of the storm to ensure a sufficient supply is available for hospital partners on the island.

The Red Cross has robust disaster response capabilities, which allow the organization to respond to two significant disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma without compromising the assistance provided to those in need. When Red Cross began the response to Harvey nearly two weeks ago, approximately half of the sheltering resources were held in reserve in the event of a second disaster.

Harvey Update:

The Red Cross disaster response force consists of thousands of trained disaster workers -- 94 percent are volunteers. More than 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas, with an additional 420 on the way. There are also more than 165 helping in Louisiana. The Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso Region of American Red Cross has deployed 97 people, 11 designated to Irma with additional deployments every day (24 Greater Phoenix Chapter, 25 Southern Arizona Chapter, 19 Northern Arizona Chapter, 13 El Paso and Southern New Mexico Chapter, 16 New Mexico Chapter).

  • Overnight, more than 16,000 people sought refuge in 90 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with emergency shelters which hosted more than 640 people last night.
  • Along with partners, Red Cross has served more than 906,000 meals and snacks in Texas and more than 33,000 in Louisiana.
  • Red Cross has trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 16 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day.
  • More than 190 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies.
  • Mental health and health services professionals have provided nearly 30,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
  • Red Cross has distributed more than 194,000 relief items like diapers, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items.
  • More than 26.5 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The apps provide shelter locations and real-time information so people can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.

International Irma Response: Hurricane Irma will affect numerous Caribbean nations. The International Federation of the Red Cross has activated its Americas Regional Emergency Operation Center and Red Cross Societies throughout the region are mobilizing volunteers to affected areas. Relief supplies are on stand-by in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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