1 minute readDisaster, History
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From the Archives

American Red Cross has a long history of responding to weather-related disasters, including this blizzard that hit the Blue Ridge Mountains of  North Carolina in 1960.


West Jefferson, NC, March 12, 1960 — Red Cross volunteers who “knew their mountains” acted as spotters aboard the Army helicopters that flew over the snow-locked area, aiding the Red Cross in the delivery of food and fuel.  A spotter is watching out a window and directing a crewman who in turn directs the pilot to the “target.”


West Jefferson, NC, March 12, 1960 — A portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains under several feet of snow.  The view gives an idea of the area the Red Cross worked in to relieve suffering of the mountain and village people.