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Disasters displace nearly 5 families a day in Eastern NC

RALEIGH, July 18, 2016 — Members of the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina stayed busy in the 2015-16 fiscal year, coming to the aid of 1,673 families displaced by disasters – nearly five families a day.

The events, mostly home fires, also included floods and storms. In all, the Red Cross assisted an estimated 5,130 individuals.

“About five families every single day are displaced from their homes in Eastern North Carolina. At the Red Cross, it’s our job to make sure our communities bounce back from disasters and prepare them for future events,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “Our work at the Red Cross will never be finished. We’re here for our neighbors no matter the crisis.” 

The response is slightly down from the previous 2014-15 year, in which responders served 1,682 families in the region.

At every disaster, the Red Cross is there to provide families with financial assistance, shelter, food, and mental health services if needed. 

How can you help? Make a contribution – big or small – so the Red Cross can continue to lend a hand to every family affected by a disaster: redcross.org/enc. Or, volunteer to help families on the scene of a disaster: redcross.org/volunteer.    

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.