NASHVILLE, Tenn., Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — The American Red Cross is currently assisting families in the Nashville area after an increase in home fires due to the colder weather and is also aiding affected residents in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall.
The Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has already responded to two fires in November. In October, the chapter responded to sixteen fires and eight fires in September. On Tuesday afternoon, American Red Cross volunteers responded to a single family fire on W. Hamilton Avenue in Nashville. A family of four was assisted with lodging, food and clothing. Additionally, volunteers are also working to aid a survivor of a recent fire in Ashland City.
“Early this morning, our on-call Red Cross volunteers responded to a two alarm fire at the Arbors of Hermitage apartment complex,” said Rick Loyd, Regional Recovery Manager. “Red Cross assistance in the form of food, clothing and/or lodging was provided to a total of 21 people comprising 11 family units.”
Last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Pacific islands of the Philippines, leaving behind a scene of destruction and despair. The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this massive effort. The Philippine Red Cross has begun distributions of relief supplies and volunteers are packing more supplies to send to all the affected areas. However, delivery of supplies in the worst affected city of Tacloban has been significantly constrained by damage to local infrastructure. Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of about 220,000 people the hardest with a tsunami-like storm surge pushing a wall of water nearly 10 feet high inland.
Specialized emergency response teams from Red Cross societies across the globe are moving into the Philippines to assist the Philippine Red Cross. These include teams with expertise in logistics, disaster assessment, shelter, health, water and sanitation. The American Red Cross is among those societies helping support the response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. Four people from the American Red Cross have arrived in the Philippines. These include two people who specialize in telecommunication and who are travelling with satellite equipment, and two others who specialize in disaster assessment. When responding overseas, the American Red Cross response is different than a typical disaster response in the United States, working closely with the affected Red Cross society who serves as the lead to provide the level of staff support and assistance requested.
The American Red Cross is also helping to reconnect families separated by this typhoon and has activated its family tracing services. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phone lines are down. If people are unable to reach loved ones, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a family tracing care. The American Red Cross remains in close contact with the Philippine Red Cross, and more help and assistance will be provided in the days ahead.
How to Help
People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters ranging from a home fire involving one family to larger disasters like hurricanes and wildfires that impact entire communities. If someone would like to help, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.