113 Large Relief Operations in 42 States
The American Red Cross spent much of 2012 helping people all across the country whose lives were impacted by disasters. Relief efforts were launched in response to 113 large scale disasters in 42 states and territories between January 1 and December 1.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and the spring Derecho affected communities all across the country. From Alaska to Florida, from the East Coast to the West, few regions were spared.
“Hurricane Sandy dominated the news coverage, but it wasn’t the only disaster that disrupted lives in 2012,” said Marie Barrientos, Executive Director of the Winona/Wabasha/Goodhue chapter. ““The number of lives affected by large disasters in the past year is staggering. Devastating hurricanes, flooding and wildfires wiped out entire neighborhoods, but the Red Cross was there to offer people shelter, food and comfort.”
In the U.S., the Red Cross opened 907 shelters and provided more than 109,000 overnight stays to help people forced their homes by disasters. In total, more than 29,000 trained disaster workers served 9.9 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 6.8 million relief items. Health and mental health workers provided more than 141,000 consultations to help people on the road to recovery.
The Red Cross also responded to tragic events, most recently the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as the mass shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July and at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in August. In all three responses, the Red Cross provided emotional and mental health support, as well as food and drinks for first responders.
The Red Cross thanks everyone who has supported disaster relief operations this year. Every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster in communities across the country. Whether the disaster is a hurricane or a house fire, the Red Cross is there.
If you would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, you can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.