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Four Additional WCNY Volunteers Supporting Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

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American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with  a safe place to stay and food to eat despite closed roads and continued flooding making it challenging to get relief supplies to where they are needed.

“The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation."

A total of 21 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are currently part of the massive response efforts in Louisiana (four new deployments in bold):

Central New York Chapter:

John Aldasch             Canastota                  Sheltering

John Carroll               Camillus                     Service Associate - Feeding

Harry Dashnau          Baldwinsville           Sheltering

Ed Dienst                 Skaneateles         Community Partnerships

Gordon Howard         Tully                          Bulk Distribution

William Morris           Syracuse                   Bulk Distribution Supervisor

Robert Mueller          Manlius                      Service Associate - Feeding

Mark Paikin                Fayetteville               Staff Relations Manager

Ken Stapleton        Cicero                    Disaster Assessment

Frank VanSickle        Cortland                    Client Casework (virtual)

Finger Lakes Chapter:

Lorraine Morris       Bath                    Disaster Services Technology

Greater Rochester Chapter:

Gail Hirst                    Rochester                  Client Casework (virtual)

Sarah Perkins            Pittsford                     Disaster Assessment

James Robinson       East Rochester         Bulk Distribution

Southern Tier Chapter

Susan Barr                 Brooktondale             Sheltering

Donald Nelson         Endicott                       Shelter Supervisor

Joseph Stover           Dryden                        Logistics – Warehouse Manager

Michael Thomas      Ithaca                           Shelter Supervisor

Peter Zelno                Vestal                          Bulk Distribution

Western New York Chapter:

Diane Sargent           Lockport                     Bulk Distribution     

Cynthia Manne    Depew                      Disaster Mental Health   

Monday night more than 8,400 people sought refuge in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. More than 1,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers have been mobilized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help with the Louisiana relief efforts. The Red Cross is also mobilizing over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies. See more about the Red Cross response here.

“People in Louisiana urgently need our help now,” continued Kieserman. “Please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today.”

HOW TO HELP People in Louisiana are facing a dire situation. Floodwaters still cover neighborhoods. An estimated 25,000 homes are damaged, affecting at least 75,000 people. Thousands of people have no power when it feels like 99 degrees outside and more than 100 roads are closed. People can donate by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

FINDING LOVED ONES Residents of the affected areas can connect with their loved ones by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Emergency App which is free and can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to

People can also visit to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and private way that friends and family connect. The site also allows people to update their status on Facebook and Twitter.

JOINT RELIEF EFFORT The Red Cross is working closely with the entire response community to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind the diverse needs of the community. Some of the organizations sending help to the area include Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, AFL-CIO, Verizon, Duracell, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Baton Route YMCA and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteers.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER To become a Red Cross volunteer, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.