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.

For Red Cross assistance or for any other inquiries, please contact 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Fast Facts: West Virginia 7.7.08

July 7, 2008

(Effective July 7, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for West Virginia:

  • 527 Meals served
  • 468 Snacks served
  • 4 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 390 Clean up kits distributed
  • 160 Comfort kits distributed
  • 8 Mental health contacts involved
  • 9 Health services contacts involved
  • 260 Red Cross workers involved

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response

July 7, 2008

(Effective July 7, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois/Missouri, Nebraska, and West Virginia:

  • 113 Shelters opened*
  • 12,738 Shelter overnight stays
  • 382,826 Meals served
  • 630,726 Snacks served
  • 125 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 52,474 Clean up kits distributed
  • 17,705 Comfort kits distributed
  • 17,718 Mental health contacts involved
  • 14,842 Health services contacts involved
  • 4,689 Red Cross Workers involved

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: West Virginia 6.27.08

June 27, 2008

(Effective June 27, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for West Virginia:

  • 0 Shelters opened
  • 0 Shelter overnight stays
  • 527 Meals served
  • 468 Snacks served
  • 4 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 179 Total Cases
  • 390 Clean up kits distributed
  • 160 Comfort kits distributed
  • 8 Mental health contacts
  • 9 Health services contacts
  • 260 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


Fast Facts: The American Red Cross Response 6.27.08

June 27, 2008

(Effective June 27, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, West Virginia, Illinois and Missouri:

  • 125* Shelters opened
  • 12,538 Shelter overnight stays
  • 320,084 Meals served
  • 497,002 Snacks served
  • 131 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 8,946 Total Cases
  • 46,382 Clean up kits distributed
  • 16,439 Comfort kits distributed
  • 14,256 Mental health contacts
  • 11,675 Health services contacts
  • 5,232* Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers


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: West Virginia 6.20.08

June 20, 2008

(Effective June 20, 2008; 8:00 am EST)

Consolidated relief information for West Virginia:

  • 0 Shelters opened
  • 0 Shelter overnight stays
  • 527 Meals served
  • 468 Snacks served
  • 4 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
  • 390 Clean up kits distributed
  • 160 Comfort kits distributed
  • 8 Mental health contacts
  • 9 Health services contacts
  • 255 Red Cross workers deployed

Term Definitions

* indicates a correction to yesterday’s numbers