Thank You

July 9, 2008

This is the final post for the Central US Floods and Tornadoes Online Newsroom. While this is the last post, the recovery and relief efforts will continue. We would like to thank the hard working Red Crossers in the field who made this disaster operation, as well as this website, successful. To all those in the affected areas, we wish you a swift and complete recovery.

National media contacts: Please contact (202) 303-5551 for additional public affairs information.

Local media contacts: Please contact your local chapter for additional public affairs information.

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Press Release: National 6.20.08

June 20, 2008

Generous Donations Help Replenish American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Help still needed as relief efforts continue in Central U.S.

Contact: American Red Cross Public Affairs at (202) 303-5551

Washington, June 20, 2008 – With an estimated cost of at least $15 million for the relief efforts in the Central United States, the American Red Cross continues to seek donations for its Disaster Relief Fund. The relief organization is extremely grateful for the approximately $8 million that has been pledged and received for disaster relief to date from generous donors across the country. This update comes one week after the Red Cross announced that the fund had been depleted. The challenges with the Disaster Relief Fund have not adversely affected the level of service that is being provided.

In response to the extreme weather and flooding, the Red Cross has opened more than 100 shelters and deployed an estimated 3,000 volunteers to help serve nearly 500,000 meals and snacks, and distribute the thousands of clean-up kits to families returning to their flood ravaged homes. As flooding continues along the Mississippi River, the Red Cross encourages those who may be affected by the swelling waters to review the flooding preparedness tips that can be found on http://www.RedCross.org.

The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide desperately needed immediate emergency assistance to victims of all disasters, small and large. The fund provides for free assistance not only to victims of major disasters like the recent floods, but also to smaller local disasters, like house fires. Since the American Red Cross is not a government agency, it relies on the donations of private individuals and organizations to provide assistance to those affected by disasters.

The best way to help the Red Cross continue to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of disasters is to make a financial contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund. For example, a $25 donation can provide five blankets at an emergency shelter; a $350 donation can provide emergency food and shelter for up to 25 people for one day.

Donors can contribute via the internet at http://www.RedCross.org , by phone at 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or by mail: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243 , Washington, D.C. 20013. The Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation.

Visit www.RedCross.org to find out the latest information and learn how you can help.


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response 6.18.08

June 18, 2008

(Effective June 18, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, California (Three Rivers Wildfire), Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and West Virginia:

  • 97 Shelters opened
  • 9,144 Shelter overnight stays
  • 134,973* Meals served
  • 230,710 Snacks served
  • 121 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 12,760* Clean up kits distributed
  • 8,907* Comfort kits distributed
  • 7,005 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 4,710 Health services contacts deployed
  • 3,256 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response 6.17.08

June 17, 2008

(Effective June 17, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, California (Three Rivers Wildfire), Illinois, Nebraska and West Virginia:

  • 114 Shelters opened
  • 8,646 Shelter overnight stays
  • 116,048 Meals served
  • 201,367 Snacks served
  • 103 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 10,440 Clean up kits distributed
  • 8,205* Comfort kits distributed
  • 6,283 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 4,022* Health services contacts deployed
  • 2,990 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response 6.16.08

June 16, 2008

(Effective June 16, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, California (Three Rivers Wildfire), Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia:

  • 90 Shelters opened*
  • 8,054 Shelter overnight stays
  • 107,316 Meals served*
  • 177,957 Snacks served*
  • 96 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 8,644 Clean up kits distributed*
  • 5,446  Comfort kits distributed*
  • 5,770 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 3,184 Health services contacts deployed
  • 2,586 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response 6.15.08

June 15, 2008

(Effective June 15, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, California (Three Rivers Wildfire), Illinois, Nebraska and West Virginia:

  • 74 Shelters opened*
  • 7,447 Shelter overnight stays*
  • 98,878 Meals served*
  • 169,375 Snacks served*
  • 77 Emergency Response vehicles deployed
  • 4,796 Clean up kits distributed
  • 2,086 Comfort kits distributed
  • 5,136 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 2,773 Health services contacts deployed*
  • 2,088 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response

June 15, 2008

(Effective June 14, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, West Virginia and California (Three Rivers wildfires):

  • 51 Shelters opened
  • 6,841 Shelter overnight stays
  • 84,569 Meals served
  • 144,323 Snacks served
  • 72 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 3,727 Clean up kits distributed
  • 1,684 Comfort kits distributed
  • 4,785 Mental health contacts deployed
  • 2,381 Health services contacts deployed
  • 1,809 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers