International aid reaches Tonga with clean water, supplies
Aid flights from Australia, Japan and New Zealand carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga over the weekend, as the Pacific nation grapples with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami.
Greece: Thousands spend night outdoors after powerful quake
Red Cross distribute food to local residents after an earthquake in Damasi village, central Greece, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.0 struck central Greece Wednesday and was also felt in neighboring Albania and North Macedonia, and as far as Kosovo and Montenegro. (AP Photo/Vaggelis Kousioras)ATHENS – Fearful of returning to their homes, thousands of people in central Greece were spending the night outdoors late Wednesday after a powerful earthquake, felt across the region, damaged homes and public buildings. The shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake struck near the central city of Larissa. Ad___ Elena Becatoros and Theodora Tongas in Athens, Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed.
Jacksonville firefighters respond to house for fire 3 times in 2 days
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A state fire marshal has been called to investigate what caused a house in Arlington to catch fire three times over the last two days. Jacksonville firefighters first responded to the home on Aletha Drive before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters determined the fire started in a crawl space area underneath the home Wednesday morning. They were able to put the flames out quickly during their initial call but returned before 6 a.m. when the fire reignited. Thursday morning around 5:30, firefighters returned a third time when flames were seen in the back of the home and along the ridgeline.
Belgium fears ICU beds could reach capacity next month
(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)BRUSSELS – Belgium’s intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, the country’s health authorities warned Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 figures published Wednesday by the national institute of public health show that Belgium has seen 7,360 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. All virus indicators have deteriorated in recent weeks as the new surge in infections is also being reflected in rising hospital admissions and deaths. Van Laethem said the country is currently the second-worst in Europe in terms of new coronavirus infections, behind the Czech Republic. So far, the virus has killed more than 10,200 people in Belgium, a nation of 11.5 million that hosts European Union headquarters.
Red Cross volunteers heading to Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Delta
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Help is on the way ahead of Hurricane Delta. Red Cross volunteers are leaving Tuesday to help those affected by the oncoming storm. The group will help the Gulf Coast area with hurricane preps, food, shelters and aftermath resources. Volunteers said that assisting others this year has been particularly challenging due to COVID-19, but in the end, it’s always worth it. And I guess that’s why I do it and continue to do it.”Morgan said the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers, including virtual ones.
Hurricane preps this year include pandemic plans
Jared Moskowitz tweeted Sunday night about the area of low pressure out in the Atlantic. Now is the time to make sure you have your 7 day Hurricane supply. According to NPR, the recommendation was about half that before the pandemic, but officials show there isn't enough space in a "worst-case" storm. All workers must be wearing personal protective equipment and face masks or coverings will be required for all. News4Jax has partnered with Ace Hardware to help people Build a Kit That Fits, where you can print out a list of needed hurricane supplies.
Lake City mother and daughter survive intense storm
LAKE CITY, Fla. – A Lake City woman and her mother are thanking God they are alive after a tree crashed into their mobile home before dawn Wednesday. Just before 5 a.m., Campe received a News4Jax weather alert saying, “Take cover now. “I believe that wholeheartedly was a sign of God and he protected us with this," Campe said. Columbia County Emergency Management told News4Jax two other homes received storm damage early Wednesday morning but there were no significant injuries. The National Weather Service will go to Campe’s home to take pictures and determine whether straight-line winds or a tornado caused the damage.
Here's how you can help California's wildfire victims
SAN FRANCISCO - California's wildfires have forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battle historically dire conditions. While families scramble to find shelter, several funds have been set up to help evacuees deal with the anticipated damage they'll face when they return to their homes and businesses. The United Way of the Wine Country set up the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund to help victims both in the short and long-term. The Red Cross has opened multiple shelters while the Salvation Army is providing meals, emotional and spiritual support to evacuees. The Red Cross also has a "Safe and Well List" to mark yourself safe or check on loved ones.
Crews battle California blazes before windstorms return
The Red Cross established the shelter for evacuees with pets at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. In California's wine country, firefighters worked to reinforce fire lines in western Sonoma County while rushing to shore up the eastern side that could be the new focus as winds switched direction. Bulldozers carved firebreaks, hand crews attacked hot spots with hoses and shovels, and aircraft painted hillsides with fire retardant. PG&E also has said its transmission lines may have been responsible for the Sonoma County fire. Southern California Edison had cut off power to about 800 people as of Monday night and warned that it was considering disconnecting about 400,000 more as winds return midweek.
Red Cross assisting family after fire in Pablo Bay subdivision
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Red Cross says it's assisting a family after a Saturday morning fire on Waterchase Way West in the Pablo Bay subdivision. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to the call and initially said heavy smoke and flames were showing. The fire was put out quickly, but damage to the home occurred. The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
1 dead in fire at Goodby's Creek apartment
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One person was found dead in an overnight apartment fire in Jacksonville's Goodby's Creek neighborhood. Firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were called to Kensington Square, near Goodby's creek where flames could be seen shooting through the roof late Wednesday night. Red Cross was requested to help several people but one person was found dead. JFRD said the fire heavily damaged three apartments at the six-building complex. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Tips on food safety during power outages
An extended power outage means that food is thawing or getting warmer. The worst possible thing to do about checking on food during a power outage is checking on food during a power outage. Opening the freezer and refrigerator during an extended power outage lets those cold temperatures escape. "The possibility is that some people continue to lose power during a storm," said Christian Smith of Red Cross. The Red Cross also suggests having additional coolers and ice on hand to help keep perishables chilled if power outages last more than a day.
Answering 5 common questions in preparing for Dorian
With so much uncertainty about Hurricane Dorian's track, the entire state of Florida is in preparation mode. Christian Smith with the Red Cross offers answers to the most common questions asked as Floridians prepare for a hurricane. What are the bare minimum items you need in your hurricane kit? Heed your emergency warningsKnow your house and the area around it (do you feel comfortable staying if you're not in an evacuation zone?) (do you feel comfortable staying if you're not in an evacuation zone?)
Red Cross ready to help those affected by the earthquake
CNN image(KERO) - Ridgecrest, CA -- The Red Cross has an emergency shelter open at the Kerr McGee that has a capacity of 500. Right now the Red Cross says there are 129 people there with supplies coming from Los Angeles and Kern Counties to help. That shelter plans on staying open as long as it's needed so if you know anyone in the Ridgecrest area that needs a place to go send them to 100 West California Avenue in Ridgecrest. Russ Huge with the Red Cross explains on the Red Cross helps the community and how people can help those affected by the earthquake. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Family of 3 escapes early morning house fire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A family of three was displaced Thursday after their home caught on fire. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department believe the cause of the fire is potentially suspicious. Around 4:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the home on McQuade Street, in the Robinson's Addition neighborhood. Smoke could be seen coming from the home where the two adults and a teenager with special needs lived. The Red Cross was called to assist the family.