2011: Busy year for disasters

Normally we think infographics are pretty cool, but the map in the infographic below had us feeling pretty stunned. We knew we’d had a busy year around here at the Red Cross, but to see that  46 out of 50 were affected by a major disaster during 2011 was astonishing. Fortunately though, in each of of the Red-Cross-red states where disasters occurred our wonderful volunteers (and all of the donors who support us) were able to help hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were forever changed by disasters — from tornadoes, floods, wildfires and hurricanes in the U.S. to earthquakes and other disasters around the world.

Throughout the year, the American Red Cross supported the people of Japan and Haiti, while launching 137 domestic disaster relief operations in 46 states and territories to help people affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes across the United States. In addition, major international disasters included the Japan earthquake and tsunami response and the continuing work following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In the United States, the Red Cross opened 1,019 shelters and provided more than 130,000 overnight stays. 27,622 trained disaster workers served more than 6.7 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 2.6 million relief items. Health and mental health workers provided more than 133,000 consultations and Red Cross workers opened 16,752 cases to help people get on the road to recovery.

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