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 is external) or join our blog at is external). please click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.   Visit 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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