Red Cross in Northeast Ohio Mobilize Following Recent Storms

ERV at a flood scene
This is one of the largest local response operations we’ve ever undertaken.

The following provides an update to the press release circulated on July 11 regarding the Red Cross response across Northeast Ohio to the storms earlier this week.

July 12, 2013. Northeast Ohio – As floodwaters recede and power is restored across the Northeast Ohio area, the Red Cross has begun transitioning from shelter operations to assisting local residents with recovery and clean-up in the those areas hit hardest by the storm, including the Greater Barberton area, Mineral City in Tuscarawas County and the western portion of Trumbull County. The following are the areas in which the Red Cross remains active – all other operations will have ceased by this evening.

Summit County

  • The shelter located in the chapter building at 501 West Market Street currently has zero population as all residents were able to find or were provided alternative accommodations earlier today. However, the shelter will remain on standby through Saturday afternoon at which time it will close officially unless additional need is determined.
  • The Red Cross will continue to provide logistic support to the shelter hosted by the Salvation Army at the Barberton YMCA which will remain open at least through Saturday.
  • As the floodwaters continue recede in the Greater Barberton area and more areas become safe to enter, the Red Cross will continue to conduct mobile feeding and the distribution of clean-up kits to those local residents most in need through at least Saturday.
  • Tuscarawas County

  • The Red Cross will continue to provide mobile feeding and the distribution of clean up kits through the weekend to those local residents most in need in the area of Mineral City where a tornado touched down on Wednesday.
  • Trumbull County

  • As the floodwaters continue recede in several neighborhoods west of Warren and more areas become safe to enter, the Red Cross will continue to conduct mobile feeding and the distribution of clean-up kits to those local residents most in need through at least Saturday.
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    The following provides an update to the press release circulated on July 11 regarding the Red Cross response across Northeast Ohio to the storms earlier this week.

    July 12, 2013. Northeast Ohio – As floodwaters recede and power is restored across the Northeast Ohio area, the Red Cross has begun transitioning from shelter operations to assisting local residents with recovery and clean-up in the those areas hit hardest by the storm, including the Greater Barberton area, Mineral City in Tuscarawas County and the western portion of Trumbull County. The following are the areas in which the Red Cross remains active – all other operations will have ceased by this evening.

    Summit County

  • The shelter located in the chapter building at 501 West Market Street currently has zero population as all residents were able to find or were provided alternative accommodations earlier today. However, the shelter will remain on standby through Saturday afternoon at which time it will close officially unless additional need is determined.
  • The Red Cross will continue to provide logistic support to the shelter hosted by the Salvation Army at the Barberton YMCA which will remain open at least through Saturday.
  • As the floodwaters continue recede in the Greater Barberton area and more areas become safe to enter, the Red Cross will continue to conduct mobile feeding and the distribution of clean-up kits to those local residents most in need through at least Saturday.
  • Tuscarawas County

  • The Red Cross will continue to provide mobile feeding and the distribution of clean up kits through the weekend to those local residents most in need in the area of Mineral City where a tornado touched down on Wednesday.
  • Trumbull County

  • As the floodwaters continue recede in several neighborhoods west of Warren and more areas become safe to enter, the Red Cross will continue to conduct mobile feeding and the distribution of clean-up kits to those local residents most in need through at least Saturday.
  • During nearly a week of drenching rains followed by yesterday’s violent storm which swept through the area, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio has been conducting a major mobilization of volunteers, staff and resources to assist residents in the 22 counties it serves who were affected by the resulting flooding and power outages. Red Cross disaster services teams from the area’s 13 chapters have responded by opening shelters for people forced from their homes due to flooding, distributing helpful clean up kits as floodwaters receded and hosting reception centers for those whose homes lost power.

    “This is one of the largest local response operations we’ve undertaken,” explains Matt Sweeney, Disaster Response Supervisor and Disaster Operations Manager for the response effort. “ We have our DAT (Disaster Action Team) members working relief operations from Trumbull County down to Jefferson across to Richland and up into Sandusky.”

    The size and scope of the operation can be measured by the number of relief and recovery operations undertaken by Northeast Ohio Red Cross volunteers over the past 72 hours:

    Columbiana County

  • Supported a city-operated reception facility in East Liverpool on Wednesday.
  • Ashland County

  • Staged a shelter operation in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of flash flooding along the Mohican River.
  • Supported emergency workers with a canteen service during an evacuation of the Pleasant Hill Lake and Campground.
  • Distributed clean-up kits to numerous flooded homes following disaster assessments of several neighborhoods in the Loudonville area.
  • Firelands Chapter (Erie and Huron Counties)

  • Supported the Northwest Ohio Region of the Red Cross by hosting a reception center in the Monroeville High School near Bellevue, OH.
  • Opened a reception center at the Fire Station at 20 Portner Street in Plymouth, OH on Thursday afternoon to assist local residents. The Red Cross is monitoring the needs locally and may convert the location to a shelter which will remain open overnight is the situation warrants.
  • Portage County

  • Hosted a reception center of local residents in the Fire Station in Shalersville on Wednesday
  • Summit County

  • Opened a shelter Wednesday night at its chapter building at 501 West Market Street in Akron to house 23 mostly elderly individuals from Barberton who were forced to evacuate their apartment building due to rising floodwaters. The shelter is expected to remain open through the weekend.
  • Supporting a shelter operated by the Salvation Army at the YMCA in downtown Barberton.
  • Trumbull County

  • Deployed several disaster assessment teams west of Warren to determine the extent of localized damage following Wednesday’s storm to help direct relief operations and emergency response.
  • Opened Red Cross chapter building at 661 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren as a reception center for local residents left without power or whose homes were flooded.
  • Tuscarawas County

  • Opened a respite center Thursday afternoon at the chapter building at 1451 Fourth Street NW in New Philadelphia for local residents left without power.
  • Opened a shelter Thursday afternoon in the Zoar/Bolivar/Mineral City area at the Sandy Valley Schools/Wellness Center at 5362 St Rt. 183 NE in Magnolia to accommodate local residents left without power or whose homes were flooded.
  • Providing canteen service for residents of a senior apartment complex where the residents are without power but sheltering in place because of the risk of re-locating them.
  • In addition, numerous families throughout the region were provided emergency food, clothing and housing when their homes were rendered uninhabitable due to fallen trees, floodwaters, wind or fires sparked by fallen utility lines.

    “At the Red Cross we firmly believe in the old adage that ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” continues Sweeney. “It’s important that people are prepared for such a events like yesterday’s storm. You never know when and where a disaster will strike.”

    To help residents of Northeast Ohio to prepare for possible disasters, the Red Cross offers three FREE mobile apps. Each provides useful information that can be used before, during and after a disaster – like Wednesday’s storm – occurs. The three which the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio recommends for local residents are:

  • First Aid App. Puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand with videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
  • Tornado App. Includes everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand.
  • Shelter App. Displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
  • Find directions for downloading Red Cross mobile apps – along with other helpful preparedness tools and tips – at www.redcross.org.