Red Cross responds to record disasters

Red Cross responds to record disasters The Sioux Empire American Red Cross provided disaster relief to a significantly larger number of disasters and victims in their fiscal year ending June 30 compared to the previous year.

In 2001-2002, there were 24 disaster cases and 79 people assisted. In 2002-2003, there were 75 disaster cases and 533 people assisted. The June 24 tornadoes accounted for 23 disaster cases with 73 people assisted. In addition, more than 1,500 meals were served to tornado victims, volunteers and emergency workers.

"The number of disaster cases in 2003 was up 213 percent," said Sioux Empire American Red Cross CEO Jeff Stingley, "and the number of people assisted increased by 575 percent." Between July 1 and Aug. 15, the Sioux Empire American Red Cross has responded to 18 disaster cases within their six county area in eastern South Dakota.

The Red Cross Chapter typically provides food, shelter, clothing and medications to victims of a disaster in addition to feeding and providing beverages to emergency personnel and volunteers. All Red Cross disaster services are free to the victims, emergency personnel and volunteers. The Sioux Empire American Red Cross depends on donations of money to fund these services in addition to receiving funds from the Sioux Empire United Way.

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