MONTPELIER, Vt., JULY 19, 2023 — Ten days after Vermont was hit with catastrophic flooding, the American Red Cross continues to help people in the hardest hit areas. More than 200 Red Cross volunteers from across the country have come to the Green Mountains to feed, shelter and support Vermonters during their time of need.
RED CROSS SERVICE DELIVERY
- Since shelters opened, the Red Cross and our partners have provided 603 overnight stays for more than 189 residents in three emergency shelters.
- With the help of partners, a total of 10,654 meals and snacks have been provided.
- To date, 11,956 relief items, including comfort kits and other supplies have been provided to people in need and 1,039 total households have been served.
- This Red Cross disaster relief operation is supported by 220 trained Red Cross disaster workers.
Even as the American Red Cross delivers disaster relief such as food and shelter, we also think about the future and plan for how to help impacted communities and families recover in the months and years ahead. Every disaster is different, and so are the needs of each affected community and family. The Red Cross works closely with local partners to create plans and coordinate recovery services to ensure people get the help they need to get back on their feet.
If you or a loved one needs help, reach out through the Disaster Distress Helpline for free 24/7 support by calling or texting 1-800-985-5990.
MULTI AGENCY RESOURCE CENTERS
Our trained disaster workers are supporting several multi-agency resource centers (MARCs) in Johnson, Londonderry and Woodstock. These sites serve as a “one stop shop” for people looking to access recovery services and programs, get a meal, pick up cleaning supplies and meet with mental health and spiritual care volunteers. The Red Cross and our community partners are on hand to help navigate the recovery process.
Thursday, July 20
- Neighborhood Connections (5700 Vt. Rt. 100, Londonderry) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Woodstock High School (100 Amsden Way, Woodstock) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- 17 Village Square, Barton – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
RED CROSS SHELTER LOCATIONS:
- Barre City Auditorium (16 Auditorium Hill, Barre)
- Rutland High School (22 Stratton Rd., Rutland)
- Northern Vermont University – Johnson campus (337 College Hill, Johnson)
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
- Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Red Cross is not accepting donations of clothing or household items, as these types of donations divert resources away from our mission.
- Due to health code regulations, the Red Cross cannot accept donations of homecooked meals or food items not prepared in a commercial kitchen.
DONATE LIFESAVING BLOOD
Over the past week, dangerous weather conditions and floodwaters have canceled blood drives or caused lower donor turnout. Individuals in unaffected areas — especially those with type O blood types — are urged to give blood now to help ensure patients in impacted areas continue to have access to lifesaving blood.
- Please schedule an appointment to give blood today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.