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Disaster Workers Deploying to California for Wildfires

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Denver, Sep 16, 2015 The American Red Cross in Colorado is sending disaster workers to Valley Springs, CA to help with the wildfire response.

Melissa Wilkerson, from the Western Colorado Chapter, is deploying as a Government Liaison specialist helping to coordinate with Federal, State and local governments.  This is her first deployment in that position.  Earlier this year she deployed to Texas where she worked in sheltering and as a caseworker.

James Knowles, from the Mile High Chapter is deploying to Valley Springs, CA to help coordinate in-kind donations for the Red Cross and those affected by the wildfires. James has been with the Red Cross for two years and this will be his first disaster deployment.

Pat Kondas, from the Wyoming Chapter, is deploying the Valley Springs, CA to help with Disaster Services Technology. Pat has a long history with the Red Cross as a volunteer and has been on several disaster deployments.

The American Red Cross has been supporting the people affected by the wildfires in the western U.S. early summer. As the wildfires have expanded the need for Red Cross support has also expanded. More than 1500 people stayed in Red Cross shelters Tuesday night. Thousands of people are out of their homes with more than 13,600 homes threatened along with businesses and infrastructure. A typical disaster deployment with the Red Cross is 14 to 21 days dependent on the needs of those affected by the disaster.

The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters each year. The best way to help people affected by disasters, both big and small, is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. People can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.