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Capital Region Sends Volunteers to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Relief

American Red Cross ERV at Oklahoma Tornado Relief
The Red Cross has opened 5 shelters and provided more than 16,000 meals for those affected by this month's tornadoes.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Friday, May 24, 2013 — As Oklahoma grapples with the devastation wrought by tornados that tore through the state earlier this week, the American Red Cross Capital Region is sending volunteers to help the ongoing relief efforts.

Two Capital Region volunteers – one from Sacramento, one from Redding – are heading to Shawnee, OK, to provide security and technological support of Red Cross relief operations following Monday’s tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes in Moore, Oklahoma.

These volunteers will join a Red Cross tornado relief effort that is currently providing food, relief supplies, health and mental health care and other information to the thousands impacted by this disaster.

Thus far the Red Cross has done the following in support of Oklahoma relief:

  • Opened five community shelters
  • Provided more than 16,000 meals working with its partner, the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • Distributed more than 2,800 relief items including personal toiletries and recovery items like coolers, buckets, gloves, dust masks, trash bags, flashlights, tarps, shovels, rakes and blankets.
  • Provided dozens of health and mental health contacts. Health services volunteers are working with the Medical Reserve Corps to visit the injured in local hospitals and helping people replace prescriptions and other medical items at emergency aid stations. Mental health workers are providing emotional support in shelters and emergency aid stations.
  • Mobilized more than 300 Red Cross workers from all over the country to help the people in Oklahoma.
  • Deployed 30 Red Cross emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies throughout neighborhoods.
  • Helped comfort those affected through its spiritual care teams.
  • HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC.