Sunday, February 01 2009
This has been the largest disaster relief effort undertaken by the Southwestern Red Cross. More than 500 people have stayed in Red Cross Shelters, 2,000 meals and 1,500 were served. With temperatures warming up Vectren should be able to make a progress in getting all homes connected back to the grid.
Largest Disaster Relief in Southwestern Red Cross History
Red Cross workers have been working around the clock to coordinate and execute the largest disaster relief operation in Southwestern Indiana history.
Over the past three days, hundreds of Tri-State residents have been served by the Red Cross.
More than 500 people have stayed in Red Cross shelters. Red Cross workers have served more than 2,000 meals as well as 1,500 snacks. In addition to food and shelter, the Red Cross has distributed about 1,300 comfort kits that contain personal hygiene items for shelter residents.
The work of the Red Cross is only possible because of the selfless volunteers that have been staffing our shelters for countless hours. We would like to thank all Vanderburgh County residents that volunteered their time and resources to care for our neighbors during this difficult time.
Three shelters remain open to residents at 29 S. Stockwell Road, Washington Avenue Church of Christ, and the U.S. Army Reserve. Indiana National Guard men and women continue to work 24 hours a day, providing transportation for those needing shelter. The Red Cross will continue to serve residents until all power is restored and there is no longer a need for emergency shelter.
For more information about Red Cross shelters, transportation to shelters provided by the National Guard, and volunteering, call 471-7200.