Just 2 weeks ago, the American Red Cross encouraged residents to review our Winter Storm Safety Checklist and prepare their families for the coming storm. This early blizzard was certainly a reminder of the reality of disasters in all seasons and the importance of the "Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed" concept. We were impressed by the number of individuals who heeded the warnings about the storm and were able to stay safely at home despite difficult conditions.
The Red Cross response was targeted to meet the most urgent needs first and continues at this time to provide recovery for those who were most impacted. Our initial services focused on opening shelters for stranded motorists and providing food and shelter for those with special needs. This included delivering warm meals to elderly residents who were enrolled in the Senior Meals program. We were proud to partner with the Salvation Army who prepared the food for this response as well as several warm meals for shelter residents.
It is hard to adequately describe the services Red Cross workers have delivered during this challenging time. We are so grateful to each Red Cross volunteer who participated in this relief effort.
Cumulative service delivery totals are 761 shelter stays, 2,460 meals and 5,960 snacks.
Photos courtesy of Red Cross volunteer Gene Bischke. Pictured is Dana Bischke providing meals for volunteer firefighters at the DOTY VFD. The preview image shows one of the debris piles for tree limbs.