Fast Facts Update – 10/24

October 24, 2007

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(as of 10/23)

  • Opened 1 shelter in Pensacola and sheltered 15 tornado evacuees
  • Staffed Escambia County Emergency Operations Center around the clock with Red Cross workers
  • 84 Red Cross workers and volunteers have provided disaster services from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Michigan
  • Served 3,930 meals and snacks to disaster clients and disaster workers
  • 119 families have been assisted through Hotline calls and home visits
  • Conducted damage assessment on 251 homes
  • 11 homes were destroyed, 35 had major damage, 100 had minor damage, and 105 were affected
  • 3 mobile feeding units delivered hot meals and water to neighborhoods
  • Distributed 246 Clean-Up Kits (mop, broom, etc.) and 103 blue tarps

Red Cross Brings Aid

October 22, 2007

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, October 22, 2007 – As rain started to fall again yesterday in Pensacola, the Red Cross continues to provide emergency assistance to those affected by last Thursday’s storm. Pensacola release 10-21-07

The case worker teams have been out visiting with families, many that have called the Red Cross Hotline at 1-866-GET INFO. The Red Cross is assisting storm victims with temporary housing, clothing, food, clean up kits, blue tarps and crisis counseling.

The Red Cross is prepared to assist an increased number of storm victims based on today’s results of damage assessment. With Red Cross assessment nearly complete, the disaster assessment teams report ten structures destroyed, twenty-eight with major damage, one hundred and seven with minor damage and one hundred and six affected. These structures include homes, apartments, condos and mobile units in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

“Many people have contacted us and asked how they can help the Red Cross assist the storm victims,” said Dianne Connors, Chapter Chair for the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida. “The best way to help us deliver service to those in need is to make a financial contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund,” continued Connors.

For more information on Red Cross services for those who sustained damage in this storm, call 1-866-GET INFO.

You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like this storm, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation.


Local Assistance Takes Shape

October 19, 2007

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, October 19, 2007 – In response to yesterday’s tornado and storm system that swept through Pensacola, the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida has been providing assistance to the families and neighborhoods effected by this storm.

Thirty-five trained volunteers have responded and are providing direct emergency assistance in communities and neighborhoods impacted by yesterday’s weather system.

“Many of our volunteers didn’t wait to be called after the tornado touched down. They called us and said they were ready to work,” commented Dianne Connors, Chapter Chair for the local Red Cross chapter. “We also received Red Cross volunteers from other chapters in the Southeast including Alabama and Mississippi,” continued Connors.

In addition to opening a shelter at East Brent Baptist Church on Davis Highway, Red Cross mobile feeding units are distributing meals to the storm damaged neighborhoods. The mobile units are also distributing blue tarps and clean up kits.

Members of the NAACP are partnering with Red Cross family service counselors, visiting some families in these neighborhoods. Sanford Hayes, Pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Crestview, and Red Cross family service case worker Sonja Sanders visited homes surrounding the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church on A Street. The church was damaged in the path of the twister yesterday. The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance to families in this area that sustained damage.

With more than 50% of damage assessment completed by Red Cross teams in Pensacola, two houses were destroyed, twelve sustained major damage and twenty sustained minor damage.

“Our teams are continuing to visit neighborhoods throughout the day to assess damage and provide emergency assistance to any families that were impacted by this storm,” said Sam Morrissette, team leader for Red Cross Disaster Assessment.

As a result of this storm, the Red Cross also responded to three mobile home fires in Shalimar and Navarre. The three homes were destroyed and the Red Cross teams were on the scene providing immediate assistance. The families were provided with temporary housing, food and clothing.

Red Cross teams served 460 meals and 2,658 snacks to people effected by this storm system.

You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like this storm, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation.


Fast Facts Update

October 18, 2007

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As of 7:30 p.m. CDT, the updated statistics available for the Pensacola tornado relief operation from the American Red Cross

33 percent of damage assessment has been completed with the following numbers:

Escambia County

• Two homes destroyed

•  10 homes with major damage

•  19 homes with minor damage

In Santa Rosa County

•  Two homes destroyed

In Okaloosa County

•  One home destroyed

One shelter remains open for the operation, East Brent Baptist Church on the Davis Highway in Pensacola. Red Cross workers are staffing the shelter to meet the needs of shelter residents that may also come during the overnight period with rainfall continuing.

A total of three mobile homes have caught fire directly related to the tornado and Red Cross workers were providing assistance on-scene to affected families.

Red Cross mobile units were operational Thursday afternoon and evening providing meals, snacks, and clean-up kits to affected residents.

The volunteer force on the ground in the Northwest Florida-affected area has surpassed 30 individuals, with volunteers coming from Mobile, Ala., and other unaffected areas, also.


Supplies on the way

October 18, 2007

The Gulf Coast Chapter in Mobile continues its support of the relief operation in Pensacola.

Moments ago, a truck rolled east down I-10 to re-stock the following supplies:

  • water
  • chips
  • cookies
  • coffee
  • cups
  • assorted snack bars

Disaster Assessment

October 18, 2007

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As of 4pm, Red Cross volunteers trained in Disaster Assessment had personally visited 2 out of the 5 neighborhoods affected in and near Pensacola.

So far:

  • 10 homes either Destroyed or with Major Damage
  • 15 homes with Minor Damage (considered habitable)

Shelter opens, mobile feeding established

October 18, 2007

A Red Cross shelter has been opened at East Brent Baptist Church on the Davis Highway in Pensacola for those affected by the October 18 tornado.

Mobile feeding units will be working in the tornado-affected areas beginning Thursday evening to provide food and water to work crews and citizens affected by the tornado.