ANCHORAGE (Dec. 5, 2018) - The Red Cross of Alaska remains on the ground in Southcentral Alaska, offering comfort, relief supplies and support to those affected by Friday’s earthquake.
- The Red Cross of Alaska has provided 230 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla since Friday, Nov. 30.
- To date, more than 70 Red Cross of Alaska disaster workers have answered the call to support residents in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and other affected areas.
- Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 2,237 meals and snacks across the region since the earthquake struck.
- Approximately 77 volunteer disaster health and mental health contacts have been made to provide care and support to affected residents in the past five days.
The Red Cross emergency shelter at the Fairview Recreation Center in Anchorage will be closing at 8:00 pm to-day. As residents have been able to return to their homes, the Red Cross has also been working closely with emergency management officials and community partners to coordinate and provide more comprehensive re-sources for individuals in need of longer-term shelter.
Those still in need of emergency shelter as a result of the recent earthquake can call the Red Cross at 907-646-5401.
DISTRIBUTION OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
In the coming days, the Red Cross of Alaska will begin distributing emergency relief supplies to those affected by the earthquake.
Emergency clean-up kits will include: cases of water, masks, plastic storage totes, tarps, duct tape, gloves, brooms, 5-gallon water jugs, and more. As needed, additional distribution sites and/or routes will be announced in the coming days.
STATE OF ALASKA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Red Cross of Alaska urges all individuals and families within the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, or Kenai Peninsula Borough with damaged homes, damaged essential personal property and transportation losses from the earthquake on Friday, Nov. 30 to report those damages to the State of Alaska by calling 1-855-445-7131 or by visiting ready.alaska.gov.
For additional Red Cross resources and periodic updates, please follow the Red Cross of Alaska on Twitter (@redcrossak), Facebook (@AlaskaRedCross) and via our regional website (redcross.org/Alaska).
About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In FY18, the American Red Cross of Alaska offered food, shelter, comfort and hope to 892 Alaskans. We re-sponded to 308 disasters. Our preparedness/Health and Safety teams installed 2,309 smoke alarms statewide and educated 1,722 youth through The Pillowcase Project. Additionally, our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,161 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of donors to provide aid to those that have been affected by disaster.