Regional Disaster Update: April 2011

April 25, 2011

Red Cross Team Responds!

For nearly two weeks severe weather has had a major impact on hundreds of families in and around our region.

On April 8th tornados and severe thunderstorms destroyed or damaged nearly 500 homes and caused power outages in the Pulaski and Draper area in SW Virginia.

Since that time the Red Cross has been providing food, a safe place to stay, and emotional support as local residents begin to put their lives and homes back together again.

We deployed emergency response vehicles to distribute clean-up items to those affected by the storms as well as clean water and meals to hungry residents without power. Red Cross caseworkers are making personal contact with clients throughout the most impacted neighborhoods.

As of April 18, 2011 the Red Cross has:

  • Served 11,800 meals and snacks to affected residents and emergency personnel
  • Provided 80 hygiene kits
  • Provided emotional support for nearly 300 people
  • More than 60 Red Cross workers are providing services

In addition, tornados were confirmed in Halifax and Rockbridge counties along with severe flooding over the past weekend.

Our chapter co-workers and volunteers are on the ground to assist our neighbors, who may well be blood donors, volunteers and financial contributors in their local areas. Please help support in any way you can our Red Cross Team and our neighbors impacted by these devastating events. For more information visit