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Disaster Workers Deploying to Gulf Coast

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

Denver, Tuesday, March 15,  2016  – The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster staff and volunteers to Texas and Louisiana to help with the flood recovery efforts.

Christina Eyre deployed to Louisiana Monday, March 14, to work as a supervisor for the flood recovery call center. The call center will process over 400 calls per day.  Eyre is from Denver and is a volunteer with the Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross in Colorado. This will be her eighth deployment to a large scale disaster including the 2013 Colorado Wildfires.

Kenneth Briggs is a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross of Northern Colorado out of Fort Collins, CO. Briggs will deploy on Wednesday, March 16,  to Louisiana to lead the Client Services operation. He will be directing a large team of client caseworkers who will work directly with those people affected by the floods to determine their immediate and recovery needs. Briggs has been with the Red Cross since the mid-1990s and has deployed to nearly two dozen large scale disasters across the country. 

Sally Broomfield will deploy to Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 16, to work as Government Liaison at the Texas Emergency Operations Center in Austin. Broomfield serves as the Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado out of Colorado Springs, CO. She has been part of the Red Cross as both a volunteer and disaster staff since 2012.

Cindi Shank, Disaster Program Manager for Wyoming, deployed to Austin, TX on March 11 to serve in Operations Management at the Disaster Response Headquarters. Shank has been with the Red Cross since 2007 and has deployed to many large scale disasters across the country and served locally for recent disasters in Wyoming including the Wyoming wildfires of 2015.

Bill Werner, Disaster Program Manager for southwest Colorado deployed to Texas as a supervisor the Life safety and Asset Management team at the Red Cross disaster operation center. His job will focus on making sure that our people are being deployed carefully and our equipment is used safely. Werner is an experienced member of the Red Cross and has deployed to multiple large scale disasters in Colorado and the Country.

Lucas Murphy deployed to Louisiana to help supervise the client casework efforts associated with the flood recover. He will supervise a team that works directly with people to assess immediate needs and support their recovery efforts. Murphy has been part of the Red Cross since 2012 first as a volunteer and now serves as the DIsaster Program Specialist for Wyoming.

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.