American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter Disaster Program Specialist Bill Platt will be deploying to the U.S Territory of Guam Friday to work in the response to Typhoon Dolphin. Platt will serve as Training Manager during the relief option, providing training and support to new volunteers as they arrive.
Platt will be available for media interviews at the Greater Rochester International Airport between 4:50am-5:15am Friday. For more information, please contact Chief Communications Officer Jay Bonafede at (716) 435-7468.
Platt is the second local volunteer to deploy to a Red Cross disaster relief operation this week. Syracuse registered nurse and Greater Rochester Chapter volunteer Jennifer Schaefer deployed to Oklahoma Tuesday to help in the response to this weekend’s tornadoes.
Typhoon Dolphin is predicted to hit Guam sometime Friday with 125 mph winds, up to a foot of rain, flash flooding and surf reaching as high as 22 feet. The Red Cross is already supporting multiple shelters, in which 87 people stayed Wednesday night. The Red Cross is working closely with local officials, monitoring the storm and planning how to best help people on the island. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond to Typhoon Dolphin even as disaster workers help people affected by the recent storms in the Midwest and the Amtrak train derailment on the East Coast. For more information on these operations, please visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Disaster-Responses-Severe-Storms-Train-Derailment-Typhoon/.
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