Red Cross Media Alerts
Birmingham Homeless Assistance
Red Cross staff will have blankets, comfort kits and MRE's that will be placed in the Birmingham Service Center for Don Lupo to pickup Wednesday 2/21/07 by 1:00 P M. Don will deliver the supplies to the Firehouse shelter and they will distribute the supplies to those in need. This will be a one time event. Periodically, the chapter has the recourses to support our community helping those in need that are outside our guidelines for a disaster response. If you have questions please contact Cindy Bahri at 458 8263 or Chris Osborne at 966 8795.
Bibb Co. Tornado Update
Bibb County- The National Weather Service confirmed the severe weather event Tuesday evening was consistent with an F1 tornado. Thursday morning Red Cross staff members and volunteers responded with the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and provided assistance to storm victims and those working in the area with about 30 lunch meals, clean up kits and blankets.
Two mobile homes were destroyed, five homes suffered minor damage and one home sustained major damage. Approximately eight families were affected.
Princeton Ave Fire Update
Birmingham, AL- The apartment complex at 1320 Princeton Avenue contained 6 untis, 5 were occupied. The Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently assisting three of the five families displaced by the fire. The complex owner is working to relocate those affected.
Sgt. Peacock with Birmingham Fire Department verified a fire occurred at 1320 Princeton Ave early this morning. Red Cross/ARCHIE was not called. Per ARCHIE the top portion of the unit appeared to be destroyed including unit E. No other information on the families involved or the name of the apartment complex provided at this time. ARCHIE states there is no name listed on the unit and the fire department is unaware of the name. Also, we have not received any calls from families at this time.
Bibb Co. Disaster Response
Bibb County, AL- The American Red Cross is currently working with EMA and other officials to assess severe weather damage in the Bibb County Area along County Road 1. Two mobile homes suffered major damage or have been destroyed, and four houses sustained damage. All of the affected families have sought shelter with relatives. So far there are no reports of injuries. Red Cross staff and volunteers will continue to provide further assistance as needed.
Florida Disaster Response
We have established an information site for the Florida tornadoes on www.wordpress.com. This will be updated often via public affairs crews working on the disaster. We encourage you to to visit this site for updated information http://redcrossflorida.wordpress.com.
Disaster Response Update
Two Local Red Cross volunteers once again respond to the call of duty deploying to the storm and tornado affected areas of Florida. Theodore Childress and Jean Piersol are driving the Birmingham Area Chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Florida to provide mass care relief. They will be leaving in the ERV tomorrow morning around 5:00 a.m. from the SEC parking lot. Childress and Piersol of Jefferson County has been providing Red Cross assistance for several years responding to many local and national responses. Those interested in becoming a part of disaster response for American Red Cross should call Volunteer Services at 205-458-8253.
The Birmingham Area Chapter of American Red Cross have recruited four volunteers to travel to the affected areas of Florida and provide mass care. The Chapter is ready to deploy theses volunteers for this three week commitment if the Southeast Service Area calls us to respond.
Deadly storms swept across central Florida early this morning killing 14 people (reported by CNN), damaging homes and toppling trees. Counties affected by the storms and tornadoes include Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Marion and Orange. FEMA reports that an early assessment indicates Lake County was the hardest hit, with at least 60 to 100 homes damaged and two fatalities. In Marion and Sumter Counties, 500 homes have been damaged. In Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach subdivisions reported extensive damage and the area around Turnbull Bay and the New Smyrna Beach Airport was heavily damaged. There are reports of damage in the areas of Hawthorne Hills, Lake Beresford and Hontoon Island. Also, a multi-vehicular accident with four tractor trailers closed I-4. Energy companies are reporting approximately 45,000 customers are without power.
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