Saturday, July 11, 2009

American Red Cross helps Landslide Evacuees in Logan

Susan Thomas

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Saturday, July 11, 2009) — The American Red Cross in Logan is working to be able to provide help up to 50 people at this hour (10:00 pm) after a landslide near 900 East Canyon road forced them from their homes. Up to seven blocks in the area are now affected. The Red Cross is hosting a shelter at a church near 600 E. Center Street where evacuated families can spend the night. Red Cross Spokesperson Susan Thomas said, "The Red Cross provided cots, blankets, toys and fed the families pizza for dinner and will have breakfast for them in the morning. We are also helping several families with babies who need clothing, diapers and formula as well. We have more than 20 people in the shelter right now and are prepared to handle more as may be needed."
Red Cross Chapters in Utah respond to up to 200 incidents each year, some of them render multiple families homeless. Nationwide, the American Red Cross’s local chapters help victims of major and minor disasters by offering immediate comfort, which may include food, a warm place to stay, clothing and other life necessities. Volunteers give comfort kits to victims of fire, flood or other disasters. The kits include helpful items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and a toy for children.
Help people affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, or your local Chapter. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

Contact information for the American Red Cross in Logan, Utah
Cache County Office(435) 752-1125
Northern Utah Chapter/Ogden Area (801) 627-0000

About the American Red Cross in Utah:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; supplies blood to 30 area hospitals; and supports military members and their families. The organization also provides emergency utility assistance and international family tracing services. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization, not a government funded agency, which depends entirely upon volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Donate your time or resources to your local Chapter. Salt Lake Area 801-323-7000 or visit, Mountain Valley Chapter/Provo Area (801) 373-8580, Northern Utah Chapter/Ogden Area (801) 627-0000, Logan Area (435)752-1125.

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