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Public and private programs that provide emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, relief and/or recovery services prior to, during and after a major fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, drought, famine, explosion or nuclear accident, the outbreak of civil unrest, or other large-scale emergency of natural or human origin that disrupts the normal functioning of a community; or a localized incident such as a house fire which has made residents homeless. There are four recognized phases of disaster work: preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Many community agencies add disaster relief as a phase during response and early recovery.

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Disaster Relief & Home Fire CampaignImmediate relief assistance to victims of fire, flood, etc. Assistance includes: shelter, clothing, food, replacement of life-sustaining medication, personal hygiene items, community resource referrals, cleaning supplies, and other disaster related needs. Canteen services for first responders on the scene of a disaster. Disaster welfare inquiries for families affected by local and out-of-town disasters. Community disaster education presentations.DauphinCentral Pennsylvania American Red CrossCentral Pennsylvania American Red Cross

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