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American Red Cross Response to Saipan Update

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“I’m so lucky to be working with a community so resilient in the midst of a horrible disaster"

The American Red Cross has resumed loading vehicles with much needed relief items and meeting with those who have appointments to receive Red Cross support. Additional rain brought by TS Goni caused families already affected by Typhoon Soudelor to have an even greater need. 

Red Cross worker, Erin Stephens (pictured), loads a truck bed with much needed cleaning supplies. Many in Saipan have lost everything and are collecting rain water to cleans and flush toilets. “I’m so lucky to be working with a community so resilient in the midst of a horrible disaster,” Stephens said. “Those of us who came from other parts of the United States to help are lucky to do so.”

On Wednesday, the Red Cross will continue meeting with those who have scheduled an appointment to receive services. Those who have called the Red Cross will receive a call back for an appointment. Those who have not called the Red Cross and are in need of assistance should call 234-3459, 24 hours a day. They will also receive a call back for an appointment.  This call is free when made with most prepaid phones. Due to high call volumes, patience is appreciated and calls after hours may be preferred. Those seeking assistance should not visit the Red Cross office without an appointment. 

Please follow the Red Cross NMI Chapter on Twitter @spnmarianas for real time updates.

How to help: People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes, typhoons and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.