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American Red Cross Disaster Update 2018

Alabama – Multi-Family Fire and Single-Family Fire A multi-family fire in Perry County affected residents on Saturday. The American Red Cross provided assistance with immediate shelter, food and health and mental health services. A single-family fire in Montgomery County resulted in a fatality on Saturday. The Red Cross provided support and assistance with immediate shelter, food and health and mental health services. Iowa Disaster Update – Tornadoes On July 19, severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, hail and strong wind gusts impacted areas of the Midwest and South, including Iowa and Indiana. Central Iowa was struck hard with multiple tornadoes tearing across communities of Pella, Bondurant and Marshalltown. The American Red Cross mobilized immediately to get training volunteers on the road within an hour of the storms ending. We are in Bondurant with food and water; in Marshalltown with an open shelter for evacuees; and in contact with government and nonprofit partners to determine the needs in all impacted areas. Kansas – Explosion On Friday, a single-family home exploded in Shawnee County. The Red Cross is providing assistance and lodging, food and health services to the family. Louisiana – Single-Family Fire A single-family fire in Natchitoches Parish resulted in a fatality on Friday. The Red Cross is providing support with health and mental health services. Nevada – Other and Wildfires On Friday, a loss of power to thousands of homes occurred in Clark County due to power poles going down. The Red Cross is providing relief supplies to impacted residents. A wildfire threatened hundreds of residents in Elko County on the Duck Valley Reservation last week. The wind shifted and the danger seems to have passed. No assistance is needed from the Red Cross at this time although we continue to monitor the event. On Sunday, two shelter teams and trailers were en route to support a shelter for those affected by the evacuations on the Duck Valley Reservation. Should the situation worsen, the Red Cross has placed on standby shelter staff and resources and a shelter facility in Mountain Home, ID. Ohio – Multi-Family Fires On Friday, a multi-family fire affected a 30-unit apartment building and displaced an estimated 66 people in Cuyahoga County. The Red Cross dispatched two disaster action teams to survey the scene, perform disaster assessment, determine if a shelter would be required and begin preliminary assistance for those affected. A multi-family fire in Montgomery County affected a 16-unit apartment building on Friday. A Red Cross disaster action team arrived at the scene to determine sheltering needs and providing appropriate assistance to those affected. Utah – Flood Starting last Monday, flooding has affected at least 12 homes in Piute County. The Red Cross is providing casework and support services to impacted residents. Washington – Wildfire A wildfire in Spokane County prompted an evacuation of residents on Saturday. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food and support services. Wisconsin – Other A gas leak in Chippewa County prompted an evacuation on Friday. The Red Cross is providing snacks and water at a reception center.

This is an email sent from our disaster response teams across the country to Red Cross employees, informing us of current disasters – and what the Red Cross is doing to help. I hope after reading this update, you will make a gift to Disaster Relief today and help us meet our goal of $25,000 before the end of the month to help communities in need as they recover from disasters big and small. Your support can truly make a difference right now to those who need the most basic necessities. Visit

The information is obtained from sources like disaster-affected Red Cross chapters and government agencies.

Donate by mail: American Red Cross PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839. Please print the donation form.

Donate by phone: To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, please contact us at 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).You can also reach us at:Español: 1-800-435-7669 TDD Operator: 1-800-220-4095

The American National Red Cross is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the American National Red Cross are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Red Cross' tax identification number is 53-0196605. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

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