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17 WCNY Volunteers Supporting Southern Storm Relief

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers continue to offer help and hope in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi where so many people have lost everything to devastating floods. 16 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are currently or will soon be supporting the relief efforts. Ten of those volunteers have travelled directly to affected regions, while seven will be supporting the efforts virtually. Those volunteers will be working as call agents, conducting client interviews by phone to assess clients’ needs and to determine appropriate assistance. The information they gathers will be entered electronically for follow-up by caseworkers in the affected regions. 


NAME, HOMETOWN                   STATE                       FUNCTION                         

Carlos Averio, Rochester                  Louisiana                    Client Casework (virtual)
Robert Barton, Savannah                 Mississippi                  Disaster Assessment
May Becker, Fayetteville                   Texas                          Client Casework (virtual)
Jay Bonafede, Tonawanda               Texas                          Public Affairs
Thomas Daley, Tonawanda              Texas                          Client Casework
Marieanna Elliott, Hamburg            Texas                          Disaster Mental Health
Paul Francher, Syracuse                   Texas                          Client Casework (virtual)
Lucille Frisicano, Webster                Louisiana                    Health Services
Shelly Licurse, Manlius                     Louisiana                    Disaster Mental Health
Leonard Malinowski, Canandaigua Louisiana                    Client Casework (virtual)
Bonnie Nolen, Rush                          Mississippi                  Client Casework
Susan Page, Marcellus                      Louisiana                    Client Casework (virtual)
Leslee Rice, Shortsville                     Louisiana                    Client Casework (virtual)
Sarah Perkins, Pittsford                    Louisiana                    Disaster Assessment
Diane Sargent, Lockport                   Louisiana                    Disaster Assessment
Elizabeth Shook, Cuba                      Texas                          Staff Services
Frank VanSickle, Cortland                Louisiana                    Client Casework (virtual)

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters and provide meals for those affected. Sunday night more than 260 people sought help in 18 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Some communities are still isolated and many people are unable to return home. In some areas where flood waters have receded, the Red Cross is distributing meals and relief supplies such as personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies such as shovels, rakes, bleach and work gloves.

This has been a difficult time for many families – and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Disaster health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses.

Since the flooding began, about 1,300 Red Cross workers have provided 3,600 overnight stays in 58 shelters, served 128,000 meals and snacks, and distributed 42,600 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies. 

Large disasters like this flooding create more needs than any one organization can meet. Consequently, the Red Cross works closely with the entire response community – federal, state, county and local agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others – to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently. We will be working closely with these partners in the weeks and months ahead to ensure people receive the help they need.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.