SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2019 – The American Red Cross is on the scene responding to the 8.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami on the islands of American Samoa and Western Samoa. The Samoa Red Cross Society is also providing support to victims of these disasters.
The American Red Cross is initially deploying a leadership team of 50 volunteers to assist local relief workers who are already on the scene. Jim Stephenson, a local Red Cross volunteer from Mill Valley, will be among the volunteers flying to American Samoa tomorrow morning. Stephenson is a long-time Red Cross volunteers who has served in several international disasters, including flooding in India, earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan, and the Southeast Asian Tsunami.
The immediate focus of on-the-ground Red Cross volunteers is to provide food, water and needed supplies to victims of the tsunami. The Red Cross has a warehouse on American Samoa supplied with cots, flashlights, and cooking and clean-up supplies, and will be sending in additional supplies as quickly as possible.
Getting information out of the island is very slow at this time. The Red Cross urges Bay Area residents who have been able to contact loved ones on American Samoa to register them with Safe and Well, the best way to share information about their status. You can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
To get updated information or to make a financial donation to support Red Cross relief efforts in American Samoa, please visit www.redcrossbayarea.org
or call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY.