Red Cross Responds to Northern California Spillway Event
March 15, 2017 § Leave a comment
With more than 30 years’ experience practicing medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler currently serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services in Illinois. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports many charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross recently opened four community shelters in Northern California in response to flood waters cresting and overflowing the Oroville Dam spillways. All told, upwards of 188,000 people were ordered to leave their homes due to the potential danger, and the Red Cross estimates that nearly 5,000 people in the area made use the 28 community and Red Cross shelters.
The Red Cross and its partners worked around the clock to provide services to displaced individuals, including serving meals and distributing relief supplies. The organization had a staff of 130 people on the ground to help with the effort, as well as ten emergency response vehicles. Disaster response operations such as these are among the many relief services the Red Cross provides during and after natural disasters.