PRESCOTT (April 2, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has deployed Prescott resident Flo Hencken for Hurricane Sandy. Hencken flew Tuesday to New York for client casework. She has volunteered for the Red Cross since 2005. She’s certified as a shelter manager and as an emergency response vehicle driver, and in addition to working Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was there for the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Isaac in 2012.
In the more than four months since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has served 17 million meals and snacks; distributed 7 million relief items; provided 81,000 overnight stays; and offered 113,000 health services and emotional support contacts. More than 17,000 Red Cross workers – 34 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have supported the relief efforts, 90 percent of whom are volunteers.
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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.