The American Red Cross is sheltering, feeding and providing emotional support in more than eight states after recent tropical storms, wildfires and flooding destroyed thousands of homes.
In just a two-week period, the Red Cross has initiated multiple relief operations because of these disasters. To date, the Red Cross has:
- Provided more than 60,000 overnight shelter stays
- Served more than 2 million meals and snacks
- Distributed more than 244,000 relief items, including cleanup supplies
- Provided more than 32,000 mental health and health consultations
- Sent more than 8,600 Red Cross workers to affected areas
Nearly 1,500 people stayed in Red Cross shelters Sunday night as residents waited to return to homes that were overtaken by floodwaters in the last two weeks. The majority were in Pennsylvania and New York, where remnants of Tropical Storm Lee flooded roads, damaged and destroyed homes, caused power outages and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people.
In addition to operating shelters, hundreds of trained Red Cross workers and dozens of response vehicles are fanning out to serve meals and distribute relief supplies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York in neighborhoods where the water has receded enough to do so. The Red Cross will be on the ground in affected areas and providing assistance for several weeks as people begin the long cleanup and recovery process.
Red Cross disaster relief is also continuing in Texas, where more than 100 people stayed in Red Cross shelters Sunday night. Several new wildfires ignited over the weekend, prompting fresh evacuations. In addition to sheltering, the Red Cross is providing food and water to people forced from their homes, as well as for emergency responders who are fighting the fires.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; you can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.Preparedness Fast Facts Get the facts you need — before, during, and after a disaster or emergency situation. The American Red Cross developed the following emergency-specific checklists using the latest research, science, best practices and expert opinion.