American Red Cross disaster teams responded to several emergencies over the weekend, including tornadoes in Louisiana, flooding in New York, wildfires in Florida and a highway accident in Pennsylvania involving a commercial bus and several other vehicles.
Red Cross disaster workers from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana were on the ground in Rayne, LA, after a tornado swept through the community, destroying more than 130 homes. The Red Cross offered displaced residents a safe place to stay and a hot meal.
“The Red Cross gave me a place to stay, food, these clothes and medicine that I needed,” said Pauline Patton, who lived in an apartment in the affected area and is staying in a Red Cross shelter. “They’ve been a great help.”
Patton described how frightening the storm was, adding family members were out of town and unable to help her. Police in the area helped her evacuate to the Red Cross shelter. As she and her neighbors return to their homes. Red Cross disaster workers will deliver meals and snacks, and have clean-up supplies available.
In Pennsylvania, disaster workers from the American Red Cross of Lackawanna County Chapter offered shelter to those involved in the highway accident. In New York, the Dutchess County and North Country disaster teams opened shelters for residents affected by flooding. The Palm Beach Area Red Cross Chapter in Florida provided canteen services to emergency responders fighting a wildfire that destroyed over 100 acres in Hendry County.
The Red Cross has been helping those in need for 130 years. The nation’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organization, the Red Cross:
- responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities.
- teaches millions of people lifesaving skills like first aid, CPR and water safety.
- provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families wherever help is needed - along side the troops in military hospitals and war zones and on military installations worldwide.
- supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
March has been proclaimed Red Cross Month by President Barack Obama. During March, people can join the Red Cross in its lifesaving mission by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, giving blood, making a donation, or taking a class. More information is available through the almost 650 Red Cross chapters serving more than 2,000 locations across the country, or by visiting www.redcross.org.