UPDATE: Red Cross Continues Response to Flooding in Vermont

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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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Red Cross Opens Evacuation Shelter Due to Flooding in Johnson, Vermont

Red Cross Opens Evacuation Shelter Due to Flooding in Johnson, Vermont

Burlington, VT. Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 11a.m. UPDATE – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying Red Cross workers to open an evacuation center for people who may be evacuated due to the current flooding situation in Johnson, Vermont.

Evacuation center information for Johnson, VT is as follows:

Johnson State College
337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656

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.

WHAT TO DO NEXT  If travel is dangerous in your area, travel is not suggested. If you can prepare, people living in the affected areas should:

  • Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
  • Be ready to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations
  • Check emergency kit and repolenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby
  • Never drive through flood waters – turn around and go the other way
  • Keep children away from flood waters
  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates

WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • prescription and emergency medication
  • medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
  • extra clothing
  • pillows
  • blankets and sleeping bags
  • hygiene supplies
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • phone and equipment chargers
  • power strip
  • small board games
  • books for entertainment
  • specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • basic snacks
  • baby food and formula
  • diapers
  • beach chair or camp chair
  • identification
  • insurance papers
  • other comfort items

Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.

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.

 

Red Cross Workers Mobilized in New Hampshire and Vermont in Response to Flooding

Red Cross Workers Mobilized Around the Clock in New Hampshire and Vermont Responding to Flooding

Evacuation Center in Swanton, Vermont Opening Due to Evacuations

Concord, NH / Burlington, VT. Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 7:30a.m. – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying Red Cross workers to open an evacuation center for people who are escaping the current flooding situation in Swanton, Vermont.

Evacuation center information for Swanton, VT is as follows:

Missisquoi Valley Union High School

175 Thunderbird Dr, Swanton, VT 05488

Scheduled open time is 10am this morning

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.

The Red Cross is also monitoring rivers with ice jams that may result in flooding for communities including:

  • Otter Creek in Rutland, VT
  • Winooski River downstream from Montpelier, VT
  • Souhegan River in Milford, NH
  • Saco River in Conway, NH
  • Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, NH and Plymouth, NH
  • Sugar River in West Claremont, NH
  • Contoocook River in Peterborough, NH where traffic is being re-routed due to flooding
  • Connecticut River in Strataford, NH

No evacuations are currently being executed in these other communities, but the Red Cross is monitoring these areas should assistance become necessary.

WHAT TO DO NEXT  If travel is dangerous in your area, travel is not suggested. If you can prepare, people living in the affected areas should:

  • Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
  • Be ready to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations
  • Check emergency kit and repolenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby
  • Never drive through flood waters – turn around and go the other way
  • Keep children away from flood waters
  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates

WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • prescription and emergency medication
  • medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
  • extra clothing
  • pillows
  • blankets and sleeping bags
  • hygiene supplies
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • phone and equipment chargers
  • power strip
  • small board games
  • books for entertainment
  • specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • basic snacks
  • baby food and formula
  • diapers
  • beach chair or camp chair
  • identification
  • insurance papers
  • other comfort items

Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.

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.

Love Hannaford and Reusable Bags?

The Red Cross has been chosen as the charity of the month to receive proceeds from the sale of the “Helps” reusable bags!  They will be sold at select Hannaford locations during the January and February months.  When you purchase the “Helps” reusable bag at any of the locations below, $1 with come to your local Red Cross regional chapter!

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January Locations:

  • Route 25, Hatch Shopping Plaza, Plymouth NH
  • 141 Hannaford Sq Suite 2, Bennington VT
  • 217 Dorset Street, So. Burlington VT
  • 71 Supermarket Drive, Brandon VT

February Locations:

  • 30 Grapevine Drive, Dover NH
  • 217 Dorset Street, So. Burlington VT
  • 456 South Barre Rd, Barre VT

 

Thanks again to Hannaford for choosing us for this wonderful program!  Comment with pics of your new reusable bag!

Handing out smiles, one American Girl doll at a time

Military children across the Northeast experienced a brighter holiday season this year, thanks to the American Girl Doll Company.  The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) team received a very generous donation of 72 American Girl dolls specifically for children of military families.  SAF was able to coordinate with the National Guard Family Programs Offices and Survivor Outreach Services teams in both New Hampshire and Vermont.  The team mobilized quickly to make this donation a reality, with special help from Kristen Coates, who used her superwoman speed to pick up the dolls from Springfield, MA and wonder woman Ann Malconian who went above and beyond to deliver the Maine SAF teams dolls to their director ahead of the impending holiday!  Thanks Ladies!

Our wonderful partners at the National Guard in both states were thrilled upon receiving this generous donation!  Thanks again to the American Girl Doll Company for bringing smiles to some of our region’s military kids!

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1st Lieutenant Jennifer Dumark from the New Hampshire National Guard Family Programs team receiving their donation!

-Faith C.

 

Are You a Storyteller? The Red Cross Needs You.

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The important emergency response work done by the American Red Cross is done by a workforce that is made up of 90% volunteers. In New Hampshire and Vermont, that number is closer to 98% . Without volunteers, this work could simply not be done.

If our local population doesn’t hear about the work these volunteers do, it’s difficult for us to find new volunteers or reach people who may need our help.

For this reason, we’re looking for New Hampshire / Vermont residents to help us tell the Red Cross stories that happen every single day. We’re looking for people who enjoy working as writers, journalists, photographers and videographers. The work isn’t “all the time,” but when disaster strikes we need the help.

Red Cross storytellers are a part of a professional volunteer team that develops and delivers the Red Cross story behind-the-scenes, on-camera, in-person and online through media channels, websites, social media feeds and other content platforms.

There are a number of jobs that need to be done. People who would like to focus in one area, as well as generalists are welcome. It’s great experience for your resume too!

Blue Sky (non-disaster) Operations could include the following:

  • News Releases, FAQs and/or Talking Points for special projects such as events and initiatives, New Board Member Announcements, Corporate Recognition and more
  • Project Manager – scheduling calls and follow-up on action items for the Communications department such as scheduling rotating meetings and sending out updated information to people who need it, oversee deadlines for other workers, etc.
  • With training, serve as the spokesperson through one-take video projects
  • Upload smart phone photos and posts to Red Cross social sites
  • Represent the American Red Cross as a guest speaker or agency representative at community events
During Gray Sky (large scale disaster) Operations, you may carry out the same duties from:
  • Red Cross shelters
  • Warehouses
  • Disaster Command Center
  • Headquarters
  • Partner Organizations

Qualifications preferred:

  • Willingness to learn media relations
  • Background in Red Cross response (training provided), branding and messaging
  • Submission of news releases, video clips on on-camera work or equivalent work samples preferred but not required
  • Background in branding and messaging preffered but not required

Time Commitment

  • Blue Sky operations assignments will be provided in advance with deadlines, approximately 5-15 hours per month, or more if you like
  • Scheduling opportunities are available for grey sky operations

If you’re interested, email lloyd.ziel@redcross.org for more information.

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety.