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Red Cross Helping Thousands in Wake of Fran

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Washington, September 9, 1996 - In the wake of Hurricane Fran, the American Red Cross continues to provide meals, shelter, and aid to those whose homes have been affected. The Red Cross is encouraging people with family members thought to be in the affected areas to attempt direct communication with them. If unable to contact immediate family members, then people may contact their local Red Cross chapter to initiate a disaster welfare inquiry.

Red Cross damage assessment teams are currently assessing the destruction to homes across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. As people are able to return home, the Red Cross will assist in providing the means to purchase groceries, new clothing, prescription medications, and other items required to meet disaster-caused emergency needs.

In response to those affected by Hurricane Fran, the Red Cross has provided:

=B0 359 shelters for 32,373 people
=B0 47,141 meals
=B0 79 emergency response vehicles (used to distribute food and other relief supplies)

As of this morning, in North Carolina the Red Cross is currently providing:
=B0 21 shelters housing 120 people
=B0 11 kitchens at fixed locations
=B0 56 emergency response vehicles
=B0 preliminary damage assessment teams

As of this morning, in Virginia the Red Cross is currently providing:
=B0 3 shelters housing 39 people
=B0 16 emergency response vehicles
=B0 preliminary damage assessment teams

As of this morning, in West Virginia the Red Cross is currently providing:
=B0 16 shelters
=B0 5 emergency response vehicles
=B0 preliminary damage assessment of 915 homes destroyed or damaged

As of this morning, in Maryland the Red Cross is currently providing:
=B0 1 shelter housing 50 people
=B0 2 emergency response vehicles
=B0 preliminary damage assessment teams

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary gifts of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross is not a government agency. To help the victims of this and other disasters, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). You may also contribute to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by sending a check to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington D.C. 20013.
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All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives. © Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.