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11 Western and Central NY Volunteers Deploying to South Carolina Flood Relief Efforts

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

The American Red Cross is responding to the life-threatening flooding and historic rainfall that is affecting the entire State of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina.

Eleven volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region will be deploying to South Carolina to support the relief efforts following this disaster:

NAME

HOMETOWN

ACTIVITY

Anonymous

 

Logistics Manager

Robert Barton

Savannah

Disaster Assessment

Daniel Boyce

Wellsville

Sheltering

Jim Collingwood

Amherst

Sheltering

Tom Daley

Tonawanda

Shelter Supervisor

Greg Langen

Pittsford

Sheltering

Nancy Moore

Clifton Springs

Sheltering

Stu Moore

Allegany

Disaster Assessment

Sarah Perkins

Pittsford

Disaster Assessment

Diane Sargent

Lockport

Disaster Assessment

Michael Thomas

Ithaca

Shelter Supervisor

Last night in South Carolina, six shelters were opened, with additional shelters opening on Sunday. Nearly 300 meals and snacks have been served across the state so far and nearly 90 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting these flood relief efforts. Seven emergency response vehicles are circulating the impacted areas as it is safe to do so.

Last night in North Carolina, two shelters were opened. Nearly 120 meals and snacks have been served across the state so far and nearly 90 Red Cross disaster workers are helping with the flood response taking place.

Additional shelters are on standby and the Red Cross is working closely with government partners to ensure immediate needs of residents are being met.

In California, Volunteers from the American Red Cross and many community organizations continue to provide comfort and hope to California residents nearly three weeks after fast-moving wildfires forced the evacuation of thousands. Since evacuations were first ordered:

·         Over 112,000 meals and snacks have been served by Salvation Army, Southern Baptist, community groups, local restaurants and the Red Cross

·         Over 54,000 relief items including water, snacks, non-perishable meals, and clean-up items such as gloves, buckets, trash bags, sifters, and dust masks has been distributed by the Red Cross and community groups

·         Over 11,000 overnight stays in community or Red Cross shelters

·         Over 9,000 health and mental health contacts have been made by Lake, Napa and Calaveras County and Red Cross workers

·         Over 1,200 cases have been opened by Red Cross caseworkers to provide individualized recovery support.

Recovering from a disaster takes time and a diverse network of organizations and services to make sure people have the help they need. The Red Cross is there—and we’ll continue to be there in the months ahead.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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