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Metro Atlanta’s Red Cross, working with its emergency partners, meets the immediate, disaster-caused needs families have for shelter, food, health, emotional support, and other essentials. Last year in the 13-county area, local Red Cross volunteers responded to 615 disasters, typically home and apartment fires, and also events ranging from flooding, storms and tornadoes to transportation incidents. We provided 1,018 families with emergency services such as lodging, hot meals, new clothing and shoes, emotional support, health services, toiletries, and referrals for additional help.
Local Disaster News:
Multi-Family Fire Response (October 9, 2012 )
Paradise East Apartments,1498 Bouldercrest Rd., Atlanta, GA 30316
In defiance of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13, 2012), an afternoon blaze at the Paradise Easts Apartments in DeKalb County destroyed the homes of 10 families, displacing 12 adults and 22 children. A team of 5 Red Cross disaster volunteers responded quickly to help them with temporary lodging, food, clothing and emotional support. The members of several families had fire-caused injuries and they also received health services support. Caseworkers are following up with each family to provide additional referrals and assistance.
Hurricane Isaac Response (August/September, 2012)
Metro Atlanta’s Red Cross recently assisted with Hurricane Isaac disaster relief efforts for severe flooding in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Sixty-seven of our volunteers deployed to the disaster region to assist with sheltering and the bulk distribution of relief supplies.
Disaster Volunteer Program:
Metro Atlanta’s Red Cross offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors affected by local and national disasters. Click here for more information on how to get started as a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer.
Join our Disaster Action Team (DAT) - Join a team of local volunteers who respond to disasters that displace families from their homes with little or no warning, which includes residential fires, windstorms, tornados, and flooding. Volunteers assist these families by providing them with temporary lodging,funds to purchase clothing, food and medicine when necessary.To become a DAT member,a volunteer must register to be a Red Cross Volunteer and complete the DAT and Disaster Response orientation. Volunteers have the flexibility to sign-up for DAT shifts throughout the month in 6-hour increments. When called regarding a disaster,they respond to the scene within 2-hours and work alongside other volunteers assisting the affected clients.
Georgia and National Disaster Response Teams - Respond to disasters outside the Metro Atlanta in other places across Georgia or across the country in 32 specialty activities. All expenses are covered by the Red Cross including lodging, meals, and transportation, but volunteers must be able to commit to up to two weeks, though some assignments may be shorter. Serve communities severely affected by a disaster in Sheltering, Feeding, Bulk Distribution, and Casework, to list just a few activities. Volunteers must already be registered as a Red Cross volunteer, have some Red Cross disaster experience, and be enrolled in the national deployment database.