Vermont & The New Hampshire Valley
Report a Disaster
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To report a disaster:

Call toll free in Vermont: (800) 660-9130 and press 1 for emergency dispatch.
Outside Vermont call (and press 1 for emergency response.

Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized in 1905 when the Red Cross was chartered by Congress to "carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same." The Charter is not only a grant of power, it is also an imposition of duties and obligations to the nation, to disaster victims, and to the people who generously support its work with their donations. American Red Cross disaster services are provided without consideration of fees, primarily by a volunteer-based workforce in a service area extending throughout the U.S. possessions, states, territories and trusts from the South Pacific to the tip of Maine and from the tip of Alaska into the Caribbean region.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, as well as health and mental health services to address basic human needs. In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.
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