Red Cross Responds to Air Crashes, Wildfires, Flooding

Disaster Response
The Red Cross is responding to plane crashes in San Francisco and Alaska while continuing to help people affected by wildfires and flooding across the country.

The American Red Cross is responding to plane crashes in San Francisco and Alaska while continuing to help people affected by wildfires and flooding across the country.

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Chapter of the Red Cross is responding after Asiana Flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday. Red Cross workers are offering mental health services for families and passengers at the Family Reunification Center, including workers fluent in Korean and Chinese to assist people who do not speak English. The Red Cross also supported emergency responders at the airport by providing food and water at the crash site.

In Alaska, the Red Cross is responding after an air taxi with nine passengers and the pilot on board crashed in the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday. The Red Cross is working with authorities and is prepared to provide assistance if needed.

WILDFIRES Red Cross workers continue to assist people in Arizona, where the wildfire near Yarnell forced residents from their homes. The Red Cross has shelters open and is providing health and mental health services for those affected. Officials say residents may be able to return to their neighborhoods this week and the Red Cross will deploy emergency response vehicles to distribute food, water and relief supplies when people return home.

The Red Cross is also responding to a wildfire which forced residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough in Alaska from their homes. Red Cross workers are providing shelter and food for those affected. A fire near Las Vegas forced more than 500 people from their homes and the Red Cross is helping those affected. Another fire is burning in Yakima and Benton counties in Washington and the Red Cross is providing canteen services to emergency responders.

FLOODING New York and Pennsylvania residents are cleaning up after flooding last week and the Red Cross set up distribution sites over the weekend in several affected areas to provide relief and cleaning supplies. In Florida, flooding affected residents of Bay County over the weekend. Red Cross workers from the Central Panhandle Chapter provided shelter, food and other support for those affected.

HOW TO HELP If you would like to help the people affected by these disasters, you can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief on this web site or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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