PHOENIX (May 30, 2013) – American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter volunteer Kelly Ausbun is deploying Friday to Oklahoma City to help provide relief to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
A Phoenix resident, Ausbun will spend as long as three weeks as a health services supervisor. She has volunteered for the Grand Canyon Chapter since 2010, having accumulated more than 2,000 hours. She deployed for Hurricane Isaac, traveling to Louisiana in September, and she twice deployed for Hurricane Sandy, going to New York in October and to New Jersey in January.
More than 300 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross and community shelters in Oklahoma. The Red Cross has served more than 160,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 32,000 relief items and made nearly 7,000 health services and mental health contacts. It also has utilized more than 1,000 disaster relief workers and 45 emergency response vehicles.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.