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Alaska and Midwest Look to Red Cross for Help
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Red Cross
 
May 14, 2009

For the second time in less than a week, violent storms have torn through the Midwest, leaving residents homeless and without power. The American Red Cross is on the scene, offering food and shelter to those affected.

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According to news reports, Missouri took the hardest hit in this latest string of destructive weather which also affected Oklahoma and Illinois. The Red Cross opened several new shelters, and continued operating shelters that were open from previous storms.

Meanwhile, wildfires are taking a toll in Alaska, where residents have also suffered through flooding and volcanic eruptions in the past few months. A wildfire around Homer, AK, started in a 70-acre area and then grew to 700 acres, quickly burning out of control. The Red Cross of Alaska is prepared to shelter hundreds of people as villages in the area are ordered to evacuate.

Recently, those living along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in Alaska were forced to leave their homes due to intense flooding. The Red Cross responded by providing people with a safe place to stay, a hot meal, and a shoulder to lean on, with shelters in Bethel, Fairbanks and Eagle. When Mt. Redoubt threatened eruption, Red Cross worked with local and state officials to help ensure residents were prepared.

All American Red Cross emergency assistance is provided free of cost, made possible through generous donations. To help those in the Midwest and Alaska, and victims of other disasters, make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.



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