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Disaster Volunteers Deploying to Support Texas Recovery

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Workers will bring help and hope to those recovering from devastating floods

Denver, Friday, March 25, 2016 – The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending additional disaster volunteers to the flood zones along the Texas Gulf Coast. These additional volunteers will bring the total number of staff and volunteers who have been sent to the Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana from Colorado and Wyoming to eleven. A typical deployment to a large scale disaster is 14 to 21 days.

 Barby Bunn,  will travel to Beaumont, TX to serve as a supervisor for the Government Liaison team helping to coordinate with local and state governments. Bunn has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 2012 and a leader with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. This will be her first national deployment outside of Colorado. 

Sam Kohlenberg, will travel to Beaumont, TX as a member of the Disaster Mental Health team. Sam has been a volunteer with the Red Cross of the Mile High Area for about a year and this will be his first national deployment. 

Carroll Larremore will travel to Beaumont, TX as a supervisor for Staff Services. As such she will be responsible for the care and safety of the Red Cross volunteers who are helping with the flood recovery effort. Larremore has been a volunteer with the Red Cross of the Mile High Area since 2010 and has deployed to local and national disasters on five other occasions. 

Thousands of people across five states are facing blizzards, wildfires and floods, with more than 1,100 American Red Cross disaster workers on the ground providing emergency services to support those affected.

Since March 8, Red Cross volunteers have been working alongside community partners to provide 4,200 overnight stays in 60 shelters; serve 194,000 meals and snacks; and distribute 80,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies to help people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas by floods. See more on the Red Cross response in this video. 

For the latest news release from the American Red Cross covering our response to the devastating flooding and to learn how you can help the Red Cross help people affected by the floods go to:

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Help-Flood-Victims-Across-the-South-American-Red-Cross  

HOW TO HELP

“The Red Cross needs the public to help us support families suffering from disasters right now,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “We haven’t raised anywhere near the millions of dollars we’re spending to provide help and our work is really just beginning.”

Anyone who wants to help people affected by disasters like flooding, wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

The Red Cross estimates that spending will fall between $5.5 million and $10 million to help people affected by spring floods and storms across Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. This is an evolving disaster and these figures are preliminary estimates that are likely to change.