Red Cross closes last Irene shelter in Vermont

first_imgThe Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross announced today the closing of the last of their thirteen emergency shelters that were opened around the state in response to Tropical Storm Irene.  Longer term housing arrangements have been made for the last few residents at the Red Cross shelter at the Hartford High School in White River Junction and it officially closed as of noon. The widespread flooding and destruction from Irene forced many residents from their homes, and many took refuge in the thirteen Red Cross shelters that were opened after Irene hit Vermont on August 28, 2011.  These Red Cross shelters were staffed with trained volunteers to meet the needs of the people staying there, including a safe place to stay, hot meals, emotional support and other assistance in response to the disaster.   Now that water levels have receded and roads are being reopened, residents are able to return to their homes or to other longer-term housing arrangements.  Red Cross emergency response vehicles have criss-crossed the state delivering food and clean-up supplies to residents after the storm, and Red Cross outreach teams have canvassed affected neighborhoods doing damage assessment and contacting residents to ascertain their emergency disaster relief needs.  As the nature of the disaster response changes from immediate storm relief to longer term recovery efforts, the role of the Red Cross is also changing.  The Red Cross will continue to provide disaster relief to those affected by Irene, and will also work with our disaster relief partner agencies in the longer term recovery for the state. ‘The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing disaster relief whenever storms such as Tropical Storm Irene impact our communities,’ said Timothy Stetson, Chief Response officer of the Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross.  ‘Opening and staffing these shelters is just one of the many ways that the Red Cross helps our friends and neighbors every day.’   Stetson added that the Tropical Storm Irene response has been a huge disaster affecting thousands across multiple states, and the Red Cross response will cost millions of dollars. He asks if anyone would like to assist the Red Cross in helping others to consider making a donation.      About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization ‘ not a government agency ‘ and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org(link is external). please click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.   Visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.   Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. 9.13.2011last_img read more

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SNOW AND ICE WARNING AS WINTER BLASTS BACK TO DONEGAL

first_imgMore of this on the wayA WEATHER warning has been issued for ice tonight – and snow tomorrow in parts of County Donegal.The BBC in the North says there is an ice warning overnight tonight, until around 9am.They’ve issued an ice warning for roads in the west of Ulster. And they are also predicting snow, mainly on higher ground at this stage, for later on Friday.Met Eireann says the weather is turning unsettled and colder over the weekend with scattered showers and sunny spells.Some of the showers could turn thundery with hail and wintry showers on higher ground with frost and ice developing by night, particularly in more sheltered regions.FRIDAY NIGHT: will turn very cold with widespread frost and scattered showers will be of hail or sleet, possibly snow on higher ground as minimum temperatures fall to between -2 and +2 degrees. SATURDAY: will be cold and blustery day with scattered showers. Showers will be most frequent and heavy across the western half of the country, some will turn to hail and sleet, with the risk of thunder. Highest temperatures of just 6 to 8 degrees in a fresh westerly breeze. Saturday night, showers will mainly continue in the west and north, with some sleet or snow possible on high ground. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees with frost and icy patches, especially in sheltered spots. Winds moderate but turn northwesterly.SUNDAY: will continue to be cold with scattered showers and good sunny spells. Showers will become isolated and dry out later. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in a moderate northwesterly breeze which will ease later. There’ll be a very sharp frost on Sunday night with good clear spells and slack winds, as temperatures drop to between zero and -3 degrees. SNOW AND ICE WARNING AS WINTER BLASTS BACK TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blusterycolddonegal weathericesnowlast_img read more

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