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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St. James, St. John’s to send off 6th graders with ceremonies

first_img(WBNG) — St. James, St. Johns and all Saints will send off their 6th grade classes with graduation ceremonies. Students, parents and staff will celebrate the students and all ceremonites will take places outdoors and follow New York State Guidance. St. James school in Johnson City will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The graduation mass will be followed by a prayer service.center_img St. Johns in Binghamton will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. A graduation mass will be held followed by a parade around 6:30 p.m.last_img

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SP seeks ‘appropriate info’ over mass arrest of activists

first_imgIn response of to SP’s request,Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Captain Cenon Pancito IIIsaid they are “very much willing” to comply once they receive a copy of theresolution.“We are not hiding anything and it is the right of every Negrense to know whatis really happening in the area,” he explained.The military official also said they are willing to present the currentsituation as they believe the local government should be more aware of thesituation at hand. BACOLOD City – The SangguniangPanlungsod (SP) has enjoined law enforcement agencies here to provide“appropriate information” on the recent mass arrest against activists andprogressive groups in this city.  The local legislative body on Thursdaypassed a resolution addressed to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group(CIDG) Region 6, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, Bacolod CityPolice Office, and Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. Of the 42 arrested and charged, 11have been indicted for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, andexplosives by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Fernand Castro of the Office ofthe City Prosecutor here. The charge against 31 otherrespondents has been dismissed for lack of probable cause, and they werereleased from the CIDG’s custody on Wednesday afternoon./PN To date, the CIDG has filed cases forillegal possession of firearms and explosives against 42 suspected CPP-NPAmembers arrested in operations in this city on Oct. 31. Councilor Wilson Gamboa, who authoredthe resolution, said he wants police and military personnel to   disclose information without jeopardizingnational security to the SP.last_img read more

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