Workers will bring help and hope to those recovering from devastating floods
Denver, Friday, March 18, 2016 – The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending additional disaster volunteers to the flood zones along the Gulf Coast. These two additional volunteers will bring the total number of staff and volunteers sent to the flood region from Colorado and Wyoming to eight.
Dennis Hoyt will deploy to Monroe, LA Saturday morning to serve as a shelter manager. Hoyt started with the Red Cross in 2011 and has been an active leader and disaster responder with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. He has deployed locally and nationally on several occasions. As a shelter manager, Hoyt will be responsible for the care and comfort of people displaced from their homes by flooding.
Hannah Price will deploy to Jackson, MS to serve as a supervisor for client casework on Sunday, March 20. She will be directing a team of client caseworkers who will work directly with people affected by the floods to determine their immediate and recovery needs. Price has been with the Red Cross 2011 and has deployed ten times to large scale disasters in Colorado and across the country. She is currently a volunteer with the Mile High Chapter.
Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, working around the clock to help thousands of people forced from their homes after devastating floods. The Red Cross continues to open shelters and provide meals for those affected. Thursday night, more than 525 people sought help in 23 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Since the flooding began, nearly 1,000 Red Cross workers have provided 2,500 overnight stays in 55 shelters, served 49,000 meals and snacks, and distributed 18,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.
For the latest news release from the American Red Cross covering our response to the devastating flooding and to learn how you can help the Red Cross help people affected by the floods go to:
A video titled Red Cross Responds to Southern Floods is at http://www.redcross.org/videos/Video-Red-Cross-Responds-to-Southern-Floods
The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters each year. The best way to help people affected by disasters, both big and small, is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. People can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcross.org, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.