Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response

June 13, 2008

Fast Facts

(Effective June 13, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and West Virginia:

  • 46 Shelters opened
  • 5,303 Shelter overnight stays
  • 75,032 Meals served*
  • 129,296 Snacks served*
  • 65 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 1,925 Clean up kits distributed*
  • 971 Comfort kits distributed*
  • 4,383 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 1,926 Health services contacts deployed
  • 1444 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response

June 12, 2008

Fast Facts

(Effective June 12, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, West Virginia:

  • 41 Shelters opened
  • 4,697 Shelter overnight stays
  • 62,232 Meals served
  • 86,489 Snacks served*
  • 58 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed*
  • 1,925 Clean up kits distributed
  • 1,027 Comfort kits distributed
  • 4,094 Mental health services contacts deployed
  • 1,733 Health services contacts deployed
  • 1,402 Total Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: West Virginia

June 11, 2008

Fast Facts

(Effective June 11, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for West Virginia:

  • 527 Meals served
  • 468 Snacks served
  • 7 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 389 Clean up kits distributed
  • 160 Comfort kits distributed
  • 8 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 9 Health services contacts deployed
  • 219 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Disaster Relief Open House: W.Va.

June 10, 2008

An Inside Look at the Red Cross in Action

Open house provides a rare glimpse of a large-scale relief operation

Morgantown, WV, June 10, 2008 – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Red Cross disaster volunteer? Residents can get a rare look at a national disaster relief operation, and learn more about the many volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross, by coming by the chapter offices at 1299 Pineview Drive in Morgantown Tuesday evening. The chapter is holding an informal open house from 5pm to 7pm. Visitors will have a chance to talk to volunteers from all over the country about their experiences, and learn more about how to become a trained disaster volunteer and assist in large-scale events.

Red Cross disaster training is the crucial first step to being able to deploy to relief operations such as hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, both here at home and across the United States. Volunteers are also needed for the other services the Red Cross provides, such as Health and Safety training, and Services to the Armed Forces. There are countless opportunities to make a difference — all ages are welcome, and people with disabilities are also a vital part of the Red Cross volunteer force.

Light refreshments will be served at Tuesday’s open house, and visitors will have a chance to tour the operation and see the latest in communications technology brought in from National Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. to help with the West Virginia flooding relief operation.

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Red Cross workers assemble a mobile satellite unit for display during an open house in Morgantown, WV.  The open house is designed for area residents to get an up-close look at a national disaster relief operation, meet volunteers from all over the country, and learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer themselves.


"It starts with communications"

June 10, 2008
Bay Area, California Chapter volunteer Bob Hewitt describes the high-tech Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicles, and how they aid the flow of information and speed up assistance to those affected by a disaster.

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Google Maps: Disasters we’re responding to

June 10, 2008

Fast Facts: West Virginia

June 10, 2008

Fast Facts

(Effective June 9, 2008; 5:00 PM)

Consolidated relief information for West Virginia:

  • 1 Shelter opened
  • 8 Shelter overnight stays
  • 433 Meals served
  • 446 Snacks served
  • 6 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 62 Total cases opened
  • 138 Clean up kits distributed
  • 150 Comfort kits distributed
  • 8 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 247 Red Cross workers deployed

Fast Facts: Definitions

June 10, 2008

Fast Facts

Definitions:

    • Shelters: Shelters open under the administrative control of the Red Cross. These are traditional Red Cross shelters and Red Cross partner shelters that display any kind of Red Cross logo.
    • Shelter overnight stays: Number of nights that individuals stay in shelters. As opposed to registrations, which are counted once, each night a registrant stays in a shelter is counted separately as a shelter night.
    • Meals Served: Number of individual meals served to clients and workers.
    • Snacks Served: Number of individual snacks served to clients and workers.
    • Emergency Response Vehicles: Total number of Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) working on the operation. An ERV is a vehicle used on a disaster relief operation to provide mobile or fixed feeding, bulk distribution, and, as necessary, to be used as a casework, command or communications center or to transfer supplies.
    • Clean Up Kits: Contains a broom, mop, bucket, disinfectant, rubber gloves and other items, distributed to clients to help them clean their homes after a disaster event.
    • Comfort Kits: kit contains personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc., given to clients who have been displaced from their homes.
    • Mental health contacts: Contacts or interventions, conducted in person or over the phone, with disaster clients that have the potential to make a significant difference in an individual’s or family’s ability to recover from or deal with disaster-caused needs. Such contacts may answer questions, satisfy a need, provide information, or educate.
    • Health service contacts: Contacts or interventions, conducted in person or over the phone, with disaster clients that have the potential to make a significant difference in an individual’s or family’s ability to recover from or deal with disaster-caused needs. Such contacts may answer questions, satisfy a need, provide information, or educate.
    • Red Cross workers: Total number of all employees and volunteers working on a relief operation.

      Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response

      June 10, 2008

      Fast Facts

      Effective June 9, 2008; 5:00 PM EST

      Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and West Virginia:

      • 36 Shelters opened
      • 3,467 Shelter overnight stays
      • 47,626 Meals served
      • 53,134 Snacks served
      • 30 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) deployed
      • 739 Clean up kits distributed
      • 525 Comfort kits distributed
      • 2,577 Mental health contacts deployed
      • 1,079 Health Services contacts deployed
      • 1,094 Total Red Cross workers deployed 

      Video: Red Cross worker’s own home is flooded

      June 10, 2008

      Red Cross Disaster Public Affairs team member Jill Bode was responding to flooding in West Virginia when she got news that her own home in Indiana had flooded.

      Here’s Jill describing her experience:


      Video: Flooding in West Virginia

      June 10, 2008

      Fast Facts: American Red Cross Response

      June 9, 2008

      Fast Facts

      The following has been distributed in Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia, and Wisconsin since May 22 for relief for sever weather.

      Last Updated June 9, 2008; 2:00 PM EST.

      • 36 shelters and evacuation centers have been opened
      • 47,626 meals have been served
      • 53,134 snacks have been served
      • 30 Emergency Response Vehicles have been deployed
      • 32 Service Delivery sites have opened
      • 739 clean up kits have been distributed
      • 525 comfort kits have been distributed
      • 2,577 mental health experts have been deployed
      • 1,079 health services experts have been deployed
      • 1,095 Red Cross workers have been deployed

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