Emergency Management

Local Red Cross Services Available for Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 14th, 2005 at 11:40 AM

Tacoma, WA – September 14, 2005 – The American Red Cross continues to encourage hurricane evacuees who have arrived in Washington State to contact them for assistance. “American Red Cross chapters throughout Washington State have assisted over 467 families who have self-evacuated themselves from the Gulf Coast,” said Terri Giles, American Red Cross Emergency Services Director. “We have established Red Cross Service Centers and will continue to provide assistance based on each family’s specific emergency needs and resources.” Hurricane survivors who have made their way to Washington State should contact the local Red Cross chapter where they have relocated and make an appointment to learn about potential services that are available. (253) 474-0400 Pierce County (360) 352-8575 Thurston-Mason Counties (360) 748-4607 Lewis County (206) 323-2345 King County (360) 377-3761 Kitsap County (425) 252-4103 Snohomish County Those in need who cannot connect with a local Red Cross chapter may call the new Red Cross Assistance Call Center at 1-800-975-7585. To apply for aid, hurricane survivors calling in must be ready to provide their name, pre-storm address, ZIP code and home telephone number to call center agents. Callers must be prepared to write down a client identification number which they will take to a financial institution in their new community to receive assistance. Washington American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Response FAST FACTS* 467 Families Assisted 463 Red Cross Disaster Relief Workers 6,170 Meals & Snacks Served 1,844 People Have Attended a Red Cross Volunteer Orientation National American Red Cross Response to Hurricane Katrina FACTS AT A GLANCE* The American Red Cross is responding to an unprecedented natural catastrophe and devoting every resource to this humanitarian relief effort. Since Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore, the Red Cross has provided survivors nearly 2 million overnight stays in 709 shelters across 24 states and the District of Columbia. On Monday night, the Red Cross housed more than 61,500 survivors in 348 shelters and served more than 365,574 hot meals. Since Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore, the Red Cross has provided survivors nearly 2 million overnight stays in 896 shelters across 24 states and the District of Columbia. The Red Cross, in coordination with the Southern Baptist Convention, has served more than 8.3 million hot meals and more than 6.6 million snacks to survivors of Hurricane Katrina since the beginning of the disaster relief operation. To date, more than 134,000 people have received Red Cross Disaster Mental Health services. More than 92,000 trained Red Cross disaster relief workers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have responded to help their neighbors in need. During this effort, the Red Cross has trained more than 75,000 people in specialized disaster relief skills. More than 182,000 people have registered on the Red Cross “Family Links Registry,” which is helping reconnect loved ones separated by Hurricane Katrina. To register, go to www.redcross.org or call 1-877-LOVED-1S. The American Red Cross is expanding the variety of its efforts to provide financial assistance to upwards of three quarters of a million Hurricane Katrina victims who are dispersed across the nation. Assistance is provided in a variety of ways, including client assistance cards, vouchers, checks and cash. The Red Cross is fulfilling urgent needs, turning donations into help faster than ever before. ### The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 900 field units dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1 million volunteers and 36,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 70,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and keeps U.S. military families connected worldwide. The Red Cross also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide. For more information about your local Red Cross chapter, please visit www.redcrosswashington.org. Karen M. Kim Public Relations Specialist American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter Serving Pierce, Thurston, Mason & Lewis Counties Tacoma Office 1235 South Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 441-7646 Pierce County (360) 528-3346 Thurston-Mason Counties (360) 748-4607 ext. 7646 Lewis County (253) 416-0271 PAGER (253) 473-4843 FAX Rebuilding Lives, Restoring Hope http://www.rainier-redcross.org