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Last updateTue, 30 Sep 2014 12pm

Area Red Cross chapter helping meet emergency needs

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

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Locally, the American Red Cross routinely responds to house fires. The Red Cross will place a family in a hotel for 1 to 3 nights following the loss of their home. Additionally, the Red Cross will provide some amount of financial assistance to those families who are unable to recover clothing items. Our primary referral partner is the Cuba Food Pantry for clients to receive additional food, clothing and household items at no cost.

In the fall of 2012, seven Red Cross volunteers from Crawford County started receiving phone calls at 4 a.m., and by 7 a.m. that morning had responded to the Waynesville/St. Roberts area by opening a shelter and ready to receive clients displaced from their homes by floodwaters.

June 2014 Collective Disaster Response Report - Heart of Missouri Chapter

• Boone County: We responded to 1 Single Family Fire (SFF), 1 Storm incident and 1 other (a vehicle crashed into a home), we assisted 4 family units and 10 individual clients, and expended $1,296.66 in direct assistance.

• Camden County: We responded to 1 SFF, assisted 6 clients and expended $865.00 in direct assistance.

• Cooper County: We responded to 1 SFF, assisted 5 clients and expended $685.00 in direct assistance.

• Crawford County: We responded to 2 SFF, assisted 2 family units and 10 clients and expended $1,486.00 in direct assistance.

• Dent County: We responded to 1 SFF, assisted 2 clients and expended $315.00 in direct assistance.

• Howard County: We responded to 1 SFF, we assisted 2 clients and expended $309.30.

• Maries County: We responded to 2 SFF, assisted 2 family units and 8 individual clients and expended $1,230.00 in direct assistance.

• Morgan County: We provided follow up assistance with one family and provided rental assistance in the amount of $400.00.

• Randolph County: We responded to 1 SFF, assisted 4 clients and expended $696.02 in direct assistance.

• Pulaski County: We responded to 1 SFF, assisted 1 client and expended $288.56 in direct assistance.

• Phelps County: We followed up with 2 families and provided $710.00 in total for rental assistance.

Summary: We responded to 11 SFF incidents, 1 Storm incident and 1 other incident in which we opened 14 new cases and followed up on 3 cases. We assisted 48 new clients and in total expended $8,281.48, which is an average of $487.14 per case and $172.53 per client. (Note that this client average doesn’t include the number of clients from the follow-ups since they were previously counted.) In Crawford and many of the counties not close to the Jefferson City Chapter office, this expense report does not reflect fuel and maintenance expenses for the use of volunteers privately own vehicles or administrative expenses, such as making copies, by those same volunteers.

Crawford location is on Spencer Avenue behind Cuba City Hall. The Heart of Missouri Chapter Business office is located in Jefferson City. Local assistance or information is available by calling the Jefferson City business office at 866 815 2738. The Cuba Red Cross office is unable to accept clothing or household donations. The Cuba Food Pantry on Highway 19 across from Dessert Island continues to accept clothing and household donations.

Crawford County is one of 21 counties in the Heart of Missouri Chapter in central Missouri. Our 13 volunteers in Crawford are primarily from Cuba and Steelville. We hope to gain more representation from the Bourbon area. This will enhance our ability to better serve the eastern part of our county.

Within Emergency Management, Red Cross is primarily responsible for Essential Support Function - 6. Better known as “Mass Care.” In other words, in time of disaster, Emergency Management turns to Red Cross to shelter and feed those who are displaced because of a disaster.

Crawford County has a population of 25,000. Red Cross and local partners (primarily faith based organizations) have entered into agreements allowing Red Cross to open shelters in their buildings in time of disaster. Our current agreements allow us to Shelter 1900 clients. Our goal is to be able to Shelter 10% of the county population. Therefore, Red Cross is still seeking partnerships that would allow us to shelter an additional 600 clients. There is no financial obligation to be a shelter partner with Red Cross. Should your organization be interested in being a shelter partner please contact one of your local Red Cross representatives.

The American Red Cross is going to be very active in Crawford County this fall. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a volunteer in the American Red Cross an online application is available at the American Red Cross volunteer connection website. We also invite you to come meet with the staff at one of our training events in Cuba listed below:

• August 22 (5P) and 23 (9A) - Shelter Fundamentals, 5 p.m. at the Cuba firehouse

• September 8 - Disaster Services Overview, 5:30 p.m. at the Cuba firehouse

• September 11 - Red Cross Volunteer meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Cuba firehouse. Guest speaker from Heartland Independent Living Center.

• September 15 - Disaster Assessment Fundamentals, 5:30 p.m. at the Cuba firehouse

• October 11 - Client Casework, 8:30 a.m. at the Cuba firehouse.

If you are unable to connect with one of our local volunteers, more information can be obtained from the Heart of Missouri Chapter office in Jefferson City at 866 815 2738. General information about the American Red Cross is available at www.redcross.org.

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