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

Daycare and Church Damaged

October 23, 2007

Day care

This is the church next to it’s day care center (filled with children) that was in the tornado’s path.  The Northwest Florida Chapter Chair joined a caseworker on a tour of the neighborhood.  The Red Cross had two feeding trucks at the site with tarps, clean up kits, and snacks for the parishioners and volunteers repairing the church.


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.


Relief efforts continue in Pensacola

October 19, 2007

American Red Cross disaster relief workers continue to provide assistance to the residents of Pensacola, Fla., following the Thursday, Oct. 18 tornado.

Disaster assessment continues throughout the affected neighborhoods, and as of noon Friday, was approximately 50 percent complete. Outreach efforts continue with workers and Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV’s) from Pensacola, Mobile, Ala., and Hattiesburg, Miss., providing snacks and clean-up supplies.

The Northwest Florida Chapter is working with several partner agencies to provide relief services and counseling to affected residents.


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.


FYI – Damage numbers

October 18, 2007

FYI to media:

We’re trying to wrangle some updated damage statistics in time for evening deadlines (print and 10pm television).


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)