The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Nov. 30, 2018 reminds us of the seriousness of where we live, and the importance of being ready when disaster strikes. But, it also reminds us of the resiliency of our communities, and just how quickly we come together in times of crisis.
Within hours of the earthquake, Red Cross of Alaska volunteer disaster workers were on the ground in Southcentral Alaska, offering comfort, relief supplies and support to those affected by the initial quake and ensuing aftershocks.
What We've Done So Far:
A total of 230 overnight stays in Red Cross emergency shelters were provided to residents across the affected areas.
More than 2,237 meals and snacks were served alongside nonprofit partners during the first two weeks of the response.
Nearly 350 disaster health and mental health contacts were made to assist affected Alaska residents.
Approximately 160 personal hygiene kits, clean-up kits and cases of water were distributed to affected residents.
Red Cross damage assessments were conducted in more than 680 homes affected by the earthquake and the thousands of aftershocks that followed.
More than 161 cases were opened to provide assistance to more than 494 affected residents through the Red Cross recovery casework process.
In the month following the earthquake, 13 training sessions were held for both new and existing Red Cross volunteers on a variety of subjects, ranging from basic Red Cross orientation courses to damage assessment courses and refreshers on shelter operations.
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