Thousands of Red Cross workers from all over the country have been working side by side with federal, state and local officials as well as local community partners to help ensure people affected by the recent tropical storms, flooding and wildfires receive the help they need.
When large disasters hit the country, no one agency or organization can respond alone. Government officials and relief organizations coordinate their planning and response, working together to help people get back on their feet. Since Hurricane Irene hit the United States at the end of August, the country’s residents have also battled hungry wildfires eating up thousands of Texas acres and raging floodwaters in the northeast.
From Texas to Maine, organizations have stepped up to support Red Cross relief efforts. Local governments, schools and businesses have pitched in to get their communities back up and running. Volunteers from organizations like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Southern Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention USA, Islamic Relief USA, HOPE worldwide, Buddhist Tzu Chi, Samaritan’s Purse , Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Children’s Disaster Services, AmeriCorps NCCC and NAACP are working alongside Red Cross workers to help people in need.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Red Rover and the American Humane Association have helped shelter pets whose owners evacuated to shelters. Other groups assisting disaster victims include Lutheran Disaster Response, UMCOR, United Church of Christ, All Hands Disaster Response, the hundreds of partners within the Coordinated Assistance Network, Texas Food Bank, Austin Disaster Relief Network, Victims Relief Ministries and Texas Baptist Men.
Volunteers from partner corporations have also lent a hand as part of Ready When The Time Comes, a volunteer program under which businesses train their employees to respond when disasters occur. W.W. Grainger, Inc. employees have helped in Puerto Rico, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New York – passing out meals, assisting in shelters, and supporting damage assessment efforts.Ready When the Time Comes A corporate volunteer program tapping the human resources of corporate America. The American Red Cross trains employees from partnering corporations and mobilizes them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes. more... 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.
Jet Blue employees, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Yankee Clipper and the New York Army National Guard joined forces with the Red Cross and New York Emergency Management Agency to airlift food supplies to Pine Hill, N.J., where residents were cut off from the world by Hurricane Irene flooding.
In New Jersey, Ready When The Time Comes volunteers from the Somerset County School Nurses Association, Rutgers Christian Community Church, Centro Christian Church and Sanofi Aventis helped set up shelters, move equipment, feed those affected and provide translation services.
The Red Cross ability to respond to disaster begins with support from its Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) members whose annual contributions to Red Cross disaster efforts help ensure an immediate relief response when emergencies occur. ADGP members include Altria Group, American Express, AXA Foundation, ConAgra Foods, FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Ryder Charitable Foundation, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc., UnitedHealthcare and UPS.
Nearly 8,000 Red Cross workers are helping people recover from flooding in the Northeast, wildfires in Texas and the destructive winds and rain of Hurricane Irene. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 2.1 million meals and snacks, distributed more than 260,000 comfort and clean-up items and provided more than 34,000 health and mental health services.
The Red Cross response to these multiple disasters across many states will cost millions. If someone would like to help, they can visit www.redcross.org , call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to their local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.