UPDATE: Red Cross Continues Response to Flooding in Vermont


Burlington, VT. Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 6p.m. UPDATE – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is rightsizing the disaster response that has been initiated around the state today.

Johnson, VT:

  • The evacuation center at Johnson State College will be closed at 5pm today. A single family is was there earlier, but they have returned to their home.
  • The Red Cross will be going through the affected areas for neighborhood damage assessment tomorrow as well as supplying affected households with clean-up kits if needed.

Swanton and Highgate, VT:

  • The evacuation center in Swanton has recently received residents from Highgate, Vermont – the town just north of Swanton. Residents are meeting with Red Cross volunteers and local emergency leadership to see if an overnight shelter will be needed for them. That determination will be made at 8pm tonight.
  • Additional Red Cross teams are being coordinated to visit affected neighborhoods tomorrow to check on residents and supply affected households with clean-up kits.

The American Red Cross has had workers monitoring the difficult weather pattern moving through our two state region, and is following up on reports in communities in both New Hampshire and Vermont. The recent rain followed by new freezing temperatures and additional snow are making for myriad responses.

Be certain to download the FREE Red Cross Shelter App for your Smart Phone, it will give you a list of all open shelters in your area.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

MAKE A DONATION The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a storm moves through the region. For example, we have warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. If we didn’t maintain these resources 24/7, we couldn’t get help to people in a timely fashion—but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready.

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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