YUMA (Sept. 11, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has closed its shelter at Castle Dome Middle School in Yuma, having provided food, water and housing to everyone who requested assistance Monday and Tuesday following Sunday’s storm-created power outages.
With APS restoring service to all but a hundred of the 19,000 customers who lost power and no remaining residents at the overnight shelter the Red Cross established at Castle Dome, the Red Cross vacated the school’s gymnasium at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Any Yuma residents still without power or running water who need aid are encouraged to contact the Red Cross by calling 1-800-842-7349.
The Red Cross logged 16 residents and 29 visitors inside the shelter, distributing 250 meals and snacks, 150 bottles of water and five comfort kits containing toiletries. It handed out 50 meals and snacks and 60 bottles of water to homebound Yuma residents. And Yuma-based Red Cross volunteers helped give out some of the 18,000 pounds of dry ice supplied by APS at Mt. Zion Church.
“Thanks to the efforts of the community, governmental and charitable organizations in Yuma, we were able to provide services to those affected by the power outages,” said Lupe Velasquez, the Disaster Response Manager for the Grand Canyon Chapter. “The staff at Castle Dome was gracious in opening their doors and giving displaced residents a roof over their heads. The Red Cross strives to meet the needs of Yuma residents during emergencies, small and large, and we’ll continue to do so.”
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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.