Just a huge thank you to all the volunteers that are engaged across the county in the unprecedented year of natural disasters. The partner of the year who has done the most for their people is the State of Louisiana. They have been in the bullseye three times, and have been a great Disaster Response partner. Really care, and have stepped up to every disaster client need.
As we begin Thanksgiving week I thought I would give you an update. Operations last a lot longer than the attention span of media.
I don’t think many of us will miss 2020 with nostalgia. And it is not over yet. We are still reeling from Hurricanes, Floods, and Wildfires. Today as I write this there are 38 active Red Cross National Disaster Operations:
Closer to home and looking at Louisiana Hurricanes we are 94 days since we started this Disaster Relief Effort
We still have in Hotel Shelters:
So more that 2,000 evacuees
are still in Hotel shelters. That
number gets smaller daily as repairs are
made or FEMA solutions for housing are available.
Sorry for the eye chart. Each "H" is a Hotel Shelter.
To give you an idea of the magnitude of the problem these are the Major and Destroyed homes from our Damage assessment teams:
Damage assessment map HUR Laura Louisiana
And an additional 700 Major Damage and Destroyed Homes in Far East TX.
Damage Chart HUR Laura Far East TX
This is one of the areas that Federal, state, and local Government as well as other charities rely on the Red Cross for this specific damage by address information. To gather this info Red Cross disaster assessment teams visited more than 70,000 dwellings.
Supporting these clients we have
118 trained Red Cross
disaster workers on the job. There
an additional 20 folks that are in transit for Thanksgiving
week. Most rotations are
two weeks. This includes
Mass Care, Recovery, Health,
Mental Health, spiritual care, and logistics personnel.
Thank you for all that participated in the National ARES / Red Cross EMCOMM exercise November 14. We are still collecting the data, and I promise a read out when all the Division Clearing Houses report. So just some headlines:
Have a great Thanksgiving week!