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Red Cross Responds to Disasters Every Day

Tornado Damage and Red Cross Service Delivery
Disaster can happen anywhere, at any time.

Most people hear about the large disasters that the American Red Cross responds to during the year – things like hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding. However, Red Cross disaster workers help people affected by smaller disasters about 200 times every day.

Red Cross disaster workers are out in their communities on a daily basis, helping people cope with smaller disasters like home fires – personal tragedies that can result in someone losing everything they own.

For instance, the Red Cross recently responded to a multi-family fire in Metairie, Louisiana in which 14 apartments were destroyed. The South Louisiana Region assisted those affected and provided drinks and snacks for the firefighters and first responders.

In Florida, disaster workers helped families affected by two multi-family fires. As many as 24 families were displaced in an apartment fire in Orange County. Another fire in Hillsborough County damaged or destroyed multiple apartments.

In Pennsylvania, the Red Cross responded to a multi-family fire in Allegheny County which affected dozens of residents. The Western Pennsylvania Red Cross Region assisted the dozens of residents affected.

In Connecticut, Red Cross disaster workers recently responded to several fires in Hamden, East Providence and Warwick. The Red Cross assisted the families affected with emergency housing and other needs after fires in those communities.

Disaster can happen anywhere, at any time. Fires like these are devastating to those involved.

No matter where the emergency occurs, or how large the disaster is, the Red Cross is prepared to respond. Thousands of trained disaster volunteers across the country are ready to lend a hand, along with a fleet of more than 320 emergency response vehicles ready to travel through affected neighborhoods to distribute meals and relief supplies.

HOW YOU CAN HELP A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home, food and water for them to eat, a warm blanket on a cold night. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Another way to help those in need is to become a Red Cross volunteer. Learn how to help run a shelter or be part of an emergency response vehicle team. There are many different positions people can learn about to be part of their chapter’s disaster response team. By becoming a Red Cross volunteer, you can change lives, starting with your own.

To learn more about how the Red Cross is involved in your community, visit your local Red Cross chapter.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.