Earth Science News  





. Spate of disasters empties Red Cross coffers

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) June 17, 2008
A string of recent weather-related calamities across the United States has left the American Red Cross low on cash and struggling to provide aid to disaster victims, officials from the premier US charity group said Tuesday.

"Our disaster relief fund is empty, but there's a lot of need out there and the Red Cross is responding," Suzy De Francis, the chief public affairs officer for the American Red Cross, told AFP.

More than 11 million people in nine midwestern states have been affected by extreme weather and the worst flooding in living memory in recent weeks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said.

The Red Cross has responded to tornadoes in Kansas, and floods in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana and West Virginia in recent weeks.

"We are currently responding to 30 large-scale disasters across the country, and that has required us to borrow funds to continue to respond," said De Francis, who estimates that the charity will need as much as 20 million dollars to meet the needs of current disaster victims.

Recent weeks have seen an unusually violent tornado season across the central United States, as well as drenching rains that have caused epic flooding throughout the US Midwest.

De Francis noted that the dreaded wildfire and hurricane seasons also are "about to go into full swing" in parts of the United States.

In 2005, the American Red Cross borrowed more than 400 million dollars to meet the needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina, but more than recouped its loan in the months that followed, when donations in excess of two billion dollars poured in the organization.

But some of the recent disasters are less visible, and bring in fewer monetary donations, said De Francis, who said such calamaties "cost money but don't raise a lot of money."

"People give more when there's a major disaster such as hurricane Katrina because they see it on TV -- they see the people who are hurting and they open their hearts and their wallets," she said, explaining why emergency relief coffers are bare.

De Francis said tough economic times also have cramped the generosity of individual Americans, who make up the bulk of Red Cross donors.

"When you have a difficult economic situation ... people have less disposable income, and they tend to cut back on their charitable donations," she said.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Echo SatCom Launches Hurricane Preparedness Program
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 13, 2008
Officials of Echo Satellite Communications announced a hurricane awareness marketing push, targeting first responders and emergency preparedness centers throughout the Gulf Coast region.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Spate of disasters empties Red Cross coffers
  • Guard Units Provide Real-Time Video Of Flood Damaged Areas
  • Echo SatCom Launches Hurricane Preparedness Program
  • NASA Data Helps Pinpoint Impacted Populations In Disaster Aftermath

  • US should take on lead role in climate change battle: envoy
  • US envoy says no 'G8 solution' to climate change
  • China biggest CO2 emitter last year: Dutch agency
  • UN climate chief spurs talks on new global warming pact

  • NMSU Uses Information Collected In Space To Help Those On The Ground
  • Aster Images Sichuan Earthquake In China
  • Japanese astronaut says Earth is 'beautiful'
  • Northrop Grumman To Modify CERES Sensor For NPOESS Prep Mission To Improve Climate Data Payload

  • Bush calls on Congress to lift offshore drilling ban
  • Brazil's Petrobras to start biofuel sales in Japan: report
  • The United States' big crude habit
  • Japan, China strike landmark gas-sharing deal

  • Epidemics emerge as major threat in China's quake zone: report
  • Bird flu hits southern China: state press
  • Wet Or Dry, Montana Still Threatened By West Nile
  • Hong Kong traders may have ignored bird flu warning signs: govt

  • Unlocking The Genome Of The Worst Bug On Planet Earth
  • Most of panda habitat damaged or destroyed in China quake
  • Scientists Confirm That Parts Of Earliest Genetic Material May Have Come From The Stars
  • Taking The Temperature Of The No-Fly Zone

  • First army-controlled dump opens in Naples region
  • Persistent Man-Made Chemical Pollutants Found In Deep-Sea Octopods And Squids
  • Czech watchdog highlights risk from ageing missiles
  • Naples 'submerged' under rubbish despite Berlusconi visit: paper

  • Brain Scans Reveal What's Behind The Aversion To Loss Of Possessions
  • Origins Of The Brain
  • Human Mobility Is Not A Random Event
  • 112 candles for Europe's oldest man

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement