The American Red Cross relief budget has been depleted this summer by tornadoes, flooding, high winds and hailstorms affecting hundreds of Kansans, Red Cross officials said, and fund-raising efforts are under way on local and national levels.
Red Cross faces an estimated $387,000 in relief expenses related to four Kansas storms between June 15 to July 10.
The national Red Cross disaster fund is operating at a deficit. The organization launched a $30 million fund-raising campaign in April.
Jo Byers, director of Douglas County chapter of the Red Cross, said the chapter's goal is to raise $3,000 toward the national campaign.
Donations can be sent to local Red Cross chapters or the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in Wichita.
In the 16 Kansas counties hit by the storms, eight people have been hospitalized and one died from storm-related injuries.
A total of 51 homes have been destroyed by storms. More than 600 individuals and families are expected to receive free Red Cross assistance in re-establishing a "home-like living situation."
More than 250 local, state and national Red Cross volunteers have been on the job in Kansas since June.
More than 8,000 victims and cleanup workers have been served food or drinks at four overnight Red Cross shelters or at mobil units.
The most damaging Kansas storms were:
June 15, tornadoes and floods in five north central counties.
June 19, hailstorm in three south central counties.
July 8, 100-mph winds and hail struck eight north central counties.
July 10, 7 inches of rain flooded Coffeyville and surrounding areas.