ANCHORAGE, August 23, 2019 — The Red Cross of Alaska will be consolidating the emergency shelter located at the Upper Susitna Senior Center (16463 Helena Drive, Talkeetna) at 4:00 pm today and transitioning all overnight shelter services to the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center (1001 S Clapp St, Wasilla). Red Cross volunteers will remain on standby in the Upper Su and surrounding areas, ready and willing to mobilize at a moment's notice, as needs arise.
The Red Cross shelter at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center (1001 S Clapp St, Wasilla) will remain open until it is no longer needed, and we will continue to provide emergency relief across the affected area, including food, relief supplies, disaster health and mental health services and spiritual care.
As the Red Cross delivers emergency relief, we also think about the future and planning for how to help the impacted communities and families recover in the months and years ahead. Through recovery planning and casework, the Red Cross works closely with local partners to create plans and coordinate recovery services to ensure people get the assistance that they need to get back on their feet.
About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In Fiscal Year 2019, the American Red Cross of Alaska responded to 435 disasters by offering food, shelter, relief supplies, comfort, hope and recovery services to 1,096 Alaskans in 50 communities statewide. Our preparedness teams installed 2,171 free smoke alarms and educated 1,409 youth through The Pillowcase Project. Our Training Services department enrolled 19,665 students in first aid/CPR/AED, aquatics and caregiving classes. Our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,299 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. In Fiscal Year 2019, our statewide workforce of 729 volunteers logged 40,735 hours in service to our mission and their fellow Alaskans. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Alaska or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.