American Red Cross volunteer Lucille Frisicano of Webster deployed Thursday to the island of Saipan, where she will serve as a Health Services Manager in the response to Typhoon Soudelor. In May, Frisicano deployed to Oklahoma following severe weather this spring.
Hundreds of people spent Wednesday night in government operated shelters after Typhoon Soudelor slammed into the island this week with winds higher the 90 miles per hour. In some cases, Red Cross workers provided cots and generators to support these shelters. Damage assessment continues and according to preliminary reports, more than 600 homes on Saipan have been affected. Most of the island is without power. Sewer and water facilities, along with fuel stations are also damaged. Long lines are reported at fuel stations still in service. Even Saipan’s Red Cross office is operating on generators and running low on fuel.
Access to Saipan is challenging. The Red Cross is working with corporate and government partners to get relief supplies to Saipan. When relief supplies reach Saipan, Red Cross workers will distribute items such as coolers, comfort kits containing personal hygiene items and stoves to people in the shelters. Red Cross workers will also be meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate additional support. In some cases, the Red Cross may provide direct financial assistance to people who need extra help.
Meanwhile, about 25 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters in California after wildfires threatened their neighborhood. According to emergency officials, the Rocky Fire in Lake County has destroyed more than 20 homes and is threatening almost 7,000 more. More than 1,200 homes are impacted by evacuation orders.
The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and emotional support to those affected. Evacuees not staying in the shelters can access food, water and cleaning supplies by visiting the shelters. An evacuation center for people’s animals is also available. Red Cross workers are also providing health services, emotional comfort and meeting with people to determine what assistance they need.
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