PHOENIX (Nov. 15, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying another volunteer to provide relief following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, as the Red Cross continues work on the East Coast in what likely will be its largest U.S. response in the past five years.
Barbara Brandt, of Strawberry, is flying Friday to Newark, N.J., then she’ll report to North Brunswick, N.J., to work in staff services for the next two to three weeks. Brandt serves as a Disaster Action Team member with the Red Cross, having volunteered since 1985. She has been deployed to about 30 disasters, most notably the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, in 2005.
About 2,200 people displaced by Sandy spent Wednesday night in 17 shelters. The Red Cross has served 5.8 million meals and snacks; distributed 1.8 million relief items; offered 62,000 health services and emotional support contacts; and provided 74,000 overnight stays. About 8,800 Red Cross workers, including 22 from the Grand Canyon Chapter, have supported the relief efforts.
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.