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Additional Volunteers Deploy As Isaac Heads Toward Florida

Eastern MA - Chapter News 22


Paul Shipman

Phone: (860) 678-2796

As Isaac moves closer to the U.S. mainland, preparations continue in Florida and other Gulf states. In the last two days, eight Connecticut Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Florida.

Five volunteers from Connecticut were deployed Thursday and departed early today. They are:

  • Glenn Kaminsky from Sherman, who will serve as a Shelter Supervisor in Tampa
  • Lindsay Kaminsky from Sherman, who will serve as a Shelter Service Associate in Tampa
  • Frank and Jane Lionelli from Stonington, who will serve as Shelter Service Associates in Tampa
  • Stephanie Johnson from Middletown, who will serve as a Health Services Supervisor in Tampa
  • Today, three more personnel were deployed:

  • Ester Cabral, from Meriden, who will serve as a Shelter Service Associate in Tampa
  • Pat Scharr, from New Milford, who will serve in an administrative capacity in the Tampa operation
  • Joe Apicelli, from Groton, who will serve as a Shelter Supervisor in Tampa
  • American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman said 108 Emergency Response Vehicles have been placed on alert nationwide to support the 22 already in Florida. “Additional resources such as relief supplies are on their way as the American Red Cross continues to prepare with our partners in the community.”

    Shipman said that residents in affected areas are being urged to prepare for the storm, but noted that this is an excellent opportunity for people here to check their own readiness. “As we watch people in Florida prepare, it’s a great time to compare our preparedness to theirs. Make sure you have the supplies and information you need to weather a major storm.” Shipman said the Red Cross has comprehensive preparedness resources at

    Also available, Shipman said, is a Hurricane readiness app for smartphones. “It puts great information, communication and tracking tools at your fingertips.” The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas that could get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

    HOW TO HELP If anyone would like to help, they can make a donation by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to their local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at