PHOENIX (Nov. 7, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying four more disaster relief volunteers Wednesday to strengthen its support level as the East Coast recovers from Hurricane Sandy and braces for a nor’easter that will bring strong winds, heavy rain and snow through Thursday, with cold temperatures and the possibility of flooding and new power outages.
Flying to White Plains, N.Y., are Renee Adolph, 56, of Queen Creek; Shannon Durham, 64, of Phoenix; Sharon Gettman, 68, of Scottsdale; and Connie Wagner, 65, of Golden Valley. An East Valley Disaster Action Team member, Adolph is going as a client caseworker. Durham will work in disaster mental health. And Gettman, a North Valley DAT member, and Wagner, a Kingman DAT member, will be stationed in health services. In total, the Grand Canyon Chapter has now deployed 19 people and two emergency response vehicles to the East Coast for Sandy relief operations.
It’s projected to be the largest U.S. response by the Red Cross in the past five years, as a massive feeding operation continues to get hot meals to residents in New York and New Jersey, where warming centers have been established – stocked with thousands of blankets and hand warmers. Nearly 9,000 people who were displaced by Sandy spent Monday night in 95 shelters, and the Red Cross has recorded 57,200-plus overnight stays since Sandy made landfall last week. The Red Cross has fixed feeding stations in New York and New Jersey, as well as mobile distribution of meals, snacks and water. More than 1.6 million meals and snacks have been served by the Red Cross, which also has handed out 91,600-plus relief items and offered 23,900-plus health services and emotional support contacts. The Red Cross has more than 5,400 workers positioned along the East Coast, having activated its entire fleet of 323 ERVs. Sixty trailers of relief supplies, including personal hygiene items, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and gloves, reached the East Coast last weekend.
About 380 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled due to Sandy, resulting in the loss of 12,800-plus blood and platelet products, but the Red Cross blood supply is sufficient to meet patient needs. If anyone is eligible to donate in places unaffected by the storm, they’re asked to make an appointment to give blood by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. In addition, financial donations allow the Red Cross to provide food, clothing, shelter and emotional support to those whose lives are altered by disasters like Sandy. Donations can be made at www.redcross.org/donate, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 gift, off your wireless bill.
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.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.