Postcard from the Field: American Red Cross Day

October 15, 2008

October 6, 2008 was proclaimed to be American Red Cross Day in Baytown, TX, by Mayor Stephen DonCarlos; in recognition of the “overwhelming acts of kindness and support; and countless hours and dedication” to the Baytown community. This same recognition was awarded to the North Carolina contingent of Southern Baptists.

The super dynamic duo helped get the Baytown kitchen running and serving a record number of meals, with many accolades from clients and staff. The Baytown kitchen had served 671,000 meals as of October 8, 2008. With a combined total of 53 years with Red Cross Disaster Relief, Tony and Tony worked well together from the start and left the operation as good friends.

When presented with the award the men remarked that the award was not for their efforts, but for ALL the people who really made it happen. Describing the nickname given them by their co-workers, “The Dog and Tony Show”, the guys smiled and shook their heads. “Yeah, that’s pretty true – it just depended on which one of us was running the show!”

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Photos: Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

September 30, 2008

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Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

Emergency Response Vehicle in Hackberry, LA


Fast Facts: Hurricanes Gustav and Ike 9.16.08

September 16, 2008

In Texas:

In Louisiana:

Almost 300 people stayed overnight in shelters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio where Ike’s powerful winds and flood waters forced people to leave their homes.


Fast Facts: Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike 9.15.08

September 15, 2008

Information below represents activity reported as of 8am 09/15/2008

Consolidated relief information for Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike Relief Operations:

* Indicates an adjustment to previously reported number.


Fast Facts: 9.13.08

September 13, 2008

This is the latest information for the Red Cross Hurricane Ike relief operation. These numbers are current as of September 13 at 8 am:

  • More than 2,000 Red Cross disaster relief workers are already on the ground, and we are moving an additional 1,400 relief workers into the impacted areas
  • Last night more than 20,000 evacuees found safe haven in 155 Red Cross shelters, and we will be opening additional shelters as needed
  • Red Cross has more than one million ready to eat meals ready for distribution
  • More than 120 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are on the ground and will begin delivering food, water and bulk supplies; additional ERVs are en-route
  • After the storm passes, more than 25 kitchens will be moving into the impacted area and ramping up to serve up to 500,000 meals per day

Press Release: Red Cross There as Hurricane Ike Roars Ashore 9.13.08

September 13, 2008

MORE THAN 20,000 IN SHELTERS IN FOUR STATES

WASHINGTON, September 13, 2008 – American Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food and emotional support for tens of thousands affected by Hurricane Ike. From Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Houston, Texas, the Red Cross is there, on the ground, providing relief.

SERVICE DELIVERY

Last night, as Hurricane Ike came ashore, the Red Cross sheltered more than 20,000 people across four states, providing cots, blankets, toiletries and emotional support.

The Red Cross has over 1 million shelf stable meals available for distribution post landfall. There are 25-30 kitchens ready to be put in place, as soon as it is determined safe, with the capability to serve up to 500,000 meals per day. These kitchens will be located in areas close to the impacted areas where fixed and mobile feeding operations will start. Over 120 mobile feed trucks are poised to assist in the delivery of food, water and bulk supplies to people who are returning to their homes.

SHELTERING the RESCUED

Although search and rescue is a mission for Federal, state and local governments, the Red Cross is ready to accept those rescued into our evacuation shelters. The Red Cross has moved additional units of blood into Northern Texas to address possible medical needs resulting from the catastrophic storm.

REGISTER FOR SAFE AND WELL

Evacuees are encouraged to register on Safe and Well (disastersafe.redcross.org), the Web site that allows people directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones know that they are okay. Safe and Well is also accessible through the American Red Cross public Web site, www.redcross.org. For those without internet access, you can register yourself and your family by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Follow the prompts for disaster information.

DONATION INFORMATION

As the Red Cross continues helping individuals and families battered by the 2008 storms and hurricanes, a national fundraising campaign has been launched to raise an initial $100 million to fill a Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to help victims of disasters meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, counseling and other critical services.

You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. You can log-on to http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation. You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). You can send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.