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Emergency Response Vehicles Deploying to Texas Floods

Boy helps clean up in OKC tornado aftermath
Our Colorado volunteers will help the people of Texas recover.

Denver, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – UPDATE: The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending six disaster volunteers and three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) to the Houston, TX area to help with the flood recovery efforts. One team and ERV departed from Denver on Monday, May 30, 2016.  The other teams of two and their vehicles will depart today. Their deployment will be 14 to 21 days depending on the needs of those affected by the floods.

Susan Wiseman is a longtime volunteer with the Red Cross of Western Colorado. She will be a member of one of the ERV teams.

Peter Dunn is an experienced volunteer with the Red Cross of the Mile High Area. Peter will be a member of an ERV team. 

Dennis Kinde is an experienced volunteer with the Red Cross of Northern Colorado. He will be a member of the ERV team.

J.L.. Van Meter is an experienced volunteer with the Red Cross of Northern Colorado. He will be a member of the ERV team.

Suzanne Faerber is a volunteer with the Red Cross of the Mile High Area and is deploying along with the ERV as a team member.

Tom Hobbs is a volunteer with the Red Cross of the M ile High Area and is deploying with the ERV as a team member. 

About the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)

The Emergency Response Vehicle is a large box style vehicle painted red and white. There are more than 300 ERVs across the country. The ERV allows the American Red Cross to provide a variety of services to individuals affected by a wide range of disasters quickly and efficiently. 

The ERV’s flexibility allows the American Red Cross to use it for a variety of

purposes. Some of the major uses include feeding clients and staff and providing a place for Individual Client Services workers to meet with and interview clients during inclement weather. Additionally, the ERV can be used to carry bulk supplies such as cleanup and Comfort Kits. These bulk supplies can then be driven to the people affected by the disaster and handed out by the ERV team.

 The Red Cross responds to approximately 66,000 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 www.redcross.org, 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.