Disaster Response Summary January 2017

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The American Red Cross of Alaska responds to calls for assistance, on average, almost once a day state-wide. January was a record high month, assisting  212 people. Of those assisted, at least 87 were children under the age of 18 including several infants. 21 of those assisted were age 60 or older.

Home Fires were the most common disaster we responded to (as always).  On New Years Day a winter storm hit the city of Savoonga on St Lawrence Island. The storm caused destruction and heavy damage to homes, and ultimately ended with a disaster declaration.

Volunteers, all across the state, give up their free time to make this amount of help in their communities possible.
Breakdown of service by area:

Savoonga: 127 individuals received aid.

North Pole:16 individuals received aid.

Anchorage: 15 individuals received aid.

Fairbanks: 12 individuals received aid.

Healy: 8 individuals received aid.

Bird Creek: 6 individuals received aid.

Ketchikan: 6  individuals received aid.

Kasilof: 6 individuals received aid.

Nikiski: 3 individuals received aid.

Juneau: 3 individuals received aid.

Trapper Creek: 2 individuals received aid.

Ninilchik: 2 individuals received aid.

Valdez: 2 individuals received aid.

Craig: 2 individuals received aid.

Gambell: 1 individual received aid.

Homer: 1 individual received aid

Pictured below is Red Cross Preparedness and Casework Specialist, Steven Fisher, assessing damage done to homes in Savoonga, on St. Lawrence Island. The Red Cross of Alaska opened 23 cases and assisted 127 people in Savoonga last month. Photos courtesy of Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Michael Verrier.

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