Topeka, KS – Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — The American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter has received nearly $14,000 from Topeka Dillons stores to support ongoing disaster relief efforts across the country.
A check presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at the Dillons store at 6829 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614.
Collectively, Dillons generated $94,479.61 for disaster relief efforts via register round-up, donation cards, and coin boxes across the division of Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri following the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
“Over the past month, The American Red Cross responded all across the country to provide comfort and hope to people affected by severe weather” said Jo Ann Long, Community Chapter Executive. “And locally, we have assisted more than 12 people after multiple home and apartment fires in the past week.”
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS
TORNADOES A line of severe storms produced tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa Friday, destroying homes and businesses, causing power outages and highway closures because of debris in the roadways. Red Cross workers opened shelters and provided food, first aid and emotional support for those affected. Today Red Cross teams are traveling through the affected areas, assessing damages, distributing food and making sure people get the help they need.
BLIZZARD An early snow storm brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to South Dakota, causing power outages and road closures. The Red Cross opened a shelter and had food available for people affected by the snow and will have emergency response vehicles distributing food and relief supplies as roads re-open.
FLOODING Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Kentucky over the weekend. The Red Cross opened shelters and provided food to those affected as well as emergency personnel conducting water rescues. Red Cross workers will be traveling throughout the affected areas today assessing damages and helping ensure people get needed assistance.
WILDFIRE Red Cross workers opened an evacuation center and deployed emergency response vehicles after a wildfire broke out in Orange County, California, forcing people from their homes. The fire is contained and evacuations have been lifted.
TROPICAL STORM Tropical Storm Karen threatened communities along the Gulf Coast and Red Cross workers in Louisiana opened shelters for people in the path of the storm. The Red Cross prepared to respond across five states, mobilizing trained workers, supplies and equipment to help if needed.
BE PREPARED Severe weather can threaten anywhere, often without little warning. The Red Cross urges everyone to prepare now to make sure their household is ready for disasters and other emergencies. Information about how to make an emergency plan, build a disaster kit and learn about what emergencies can occur in someone’s neighborhood is available at redcross.org.
HOW TO HELP If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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.