The American Red Cross spent much of 2012 helping people all across the country whose lives were impacted by disasters. Relief efforts were launched in response to 113 large scale disasters in 42 states and territories between January 1 and December 1.
In the Minn-Kota Region, the Red Cross responded to 162 incidents in 2012 and served 953 military members and their families. International Services also served 45 individuals and their families as well.
Overall in 2012, over 4,000 individuals were served through the Red Cross mission and every two hours, the Red Cross provided services in the region. The region covers 82,979 square miles.
“Hurricane Sandy dominated the news coverage, but it wasn’t the only disaster that disrupted lives in 2012,” said Judy Green, Regional CEO. “The number of lives affected by disasters in the past year is simply staggering. The Red Cross responded in situations that affected entire neighborhoods and towns, offering people shelter, food and comfort.”
In theUnited States, the Red Cross opened 907 shelters and provided more than 109,000 overnight stays to help people forced from their homes by disasters. In total, more than 29,000 trained disaster workers served 9.9 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 6.8 million relief items. Health and mental health workers provided more than 141,000 consultations to help people on the road to recovery.
The Red Cross thanks everyone who has supported disaster relief operations this year. Every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster in communities across the country. Whether the disaster is a hurricane or a fire in someone’s home, the Red Cross is there.