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Grand Canyon Chapter Sends Volunteer to Oklahoma After Tornado

Red Cross communications device
Manley is flying out of Tucson, and she’ll be volunteering in Oklahoma as a Disaster Services Technology communications manager.

PHOENIX (May 21, 2013) – American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter volunteer Debra Manley is deploying Tuesday afternoon to Oklahoma City to provide relief following Monday’s deadly tornado.

A Hereford resident, Manley is flying out of Tucson, and she’ll be volunteering in Oklahoma as a Disaster Services Technology communications manager. Her job will be to help set up satellite and Internet communications. She’s a computer scientist who has volunteered with the Grand Canyon Chapter since 2011. She first deployed for the Red Cross after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Moore, and three other shelters remain open after Sunday’s storms in the Oklahoma City area. It has sent nearly 30 emergency response vehicles to Oklahoma to distribute food, water and relief supplies. Two Southern Baptist Convention kitchens and kitchen support trailers will join the relief effort, with the ability to serve tens of thousands of meals a day. Emergency aid stations will open, allowing displaced residents to get food and snacks; mental health and health services; and information about what help is available. The Red Cross is also supporting first responders and working with local and state officials to make sure people get the aid they need.

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.