Thursday, March 21
Flood Awareness Week: The Red Cross Responds
Even when the waters recede, the worst isn’t over for residents tasked with returning to their homes to survey the damage. In these trying times, Red Cross workers are on hand to distribute cleanup kits containing mops, shovels, garbage bags, work gloves and tarps, and to offer emotional support for families sifting through the wreckage. It can take days and even weeks to learn the full extent of water damage following a flood, and the Red Cross remains with survivors on the road to recovery, providing compassionate understanding and helping to develop recovery plans as people begin to rebuild their lives.
Every year the Red Cross spends an average of $345 million on disaster relief. In addition to providing direct relief services to those affected by disasters, this figure also includes costs to maintain warehouses and emergency response vehicles, train volunteers, staff call centers, fund computer systems and keep paid staff ready to provide assistance to people in need. It is through the ongoing support of the public that we can continue to maintain these resources 24/7 and remain ready to respond when disaster strikes.