The American Red Cross is deploying local volunteers to West Virginia where they will assist in the Red Cross relief efforts for those without power after the weekend’s storms. Volunteer Michael Hoplight of Niagara Falls will deploy this afternoon while volunteers Marianne Evans of Ransomville and Joan Priebe of Depew will be deploying on Wednesday. In addition, Jose Latalladi of Buffalo will be deploying to Florida to assist in the Tropical Storm Debby relief efforts, joining Diane Sargent of Lockport and Susan Peek of Buffalo, who have been working there since last Friday.
Four additional volunteers from the Southwestern New York Chapter are also currently assisting in various Red Cross relief efforts: Beth Shook is assisting those displaced by wildfires in Colorado, while Charles Meder and Patricia Hartinger are working in West Virginia and Mona Meagher is deploying to Florida.
More than 1.7 million customers are still without power while temperatures climb to nearly 100 degrees in many areas. The American Red Cross has shelters open throughout the affected states and is supporting hundreds of government-run cooling centers.
Nearly 1,100 Red Cross disaster workers are spread out over 13 states, helping people forced from their homes by the power outages in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions, wildfires in the west, and flooding from tropical storm Debby in Florida. Red Cross volunteers are focused on providing people with a cool place to stay, meals and snacks, relief items and a shoulder to lean on.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.