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Red Cross assisting disaster victims, preparing for future

To The Daily: When the hurricanes of 2005 hit the Gulf Coast, few of us would have believed that, two years later, we would still be talking about the overwhelming needs of the survivors. Yet, as we look back on the devastation and see the slow pace of recovery, we understand that this conversation may be with us for years to come.

Any talk of recovery efforts must include a rousing “thank you” to the many people who came together in response to the worst hurricane season in the history of our country. Thanks to all the first responders who made their way to the Gulf Coast region and the thousands who kept coming to the affected areas to aid in recovery. Thanks to supporters who provided the financial resources to make the relief and recovery efforts possible.

In the weeks following the hurricanes, the Red Cross provided 68 million meals, sheltered thousands and spent more than $1.4 billion for direct emergency assistance to more than 1.4 million families.

Over the past 18 months, the American Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program has focused on long-term recovery. The program provides initiatives to assist with survivors’ most difficult mental, emotional and life-rebuilding challenges.

Despite the hard work of our many community and corporate partners, the needs far exceed the resources to help everyone. As we move beyond the two-year remembrance of the 2005 hurricanes, the American Red Cross, Morgan-Lawrence Chapter, thanks the people of Decatur for their continued support. Their investment in the Red Cross is not only for the relief of a past event, but has also heightened preparedness for the future, for we learn from every event. Continued support is critical as we get ready for whatever emergency may come our way.

Debbie Heard
Executive director
Morgan-Lawrence County American Red Cross
Decatur

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