Todd James, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties, is joining the ongoing Red Cross relief effort in Oklahoma. James is deploying Wednesday, June 5 and will be serving as the Manager of the Public Affairs Team.
On Sunday evening May 19, several severe storms and tornadoes hit the Central Oklahoma area. Three additional tornadoes were reported to the south and west of Oklahoma City on Friday, May 31.
“The news and images of the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and storms in the region reminded me of other disasters I’ve responded to,” said James, a Findlay resident. “I was in Joplin, Missouri two years ago after the tornado struck and what I’ve seen and heard from Oklahoma reminds me of the devastation I saw there.”
James recently traveled to Atlantic City, NJ and New York City to aid the Red Cross relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
As weather conditions permit, more than 1,100 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting shelters, kitchens, community centers and emergency aid stations where people can find safe refuge, food, emotional support, relief supplies, health care services, and information about other available help. Red Cross workers are handing out much needed relief supplies, including pet food, batteries, sunscreen, coolers, buckets, gloves, dust masks, trash bags, flashlights, tarps, shovels, rakes and blankets. Working with the Medical Reserve Corps, Red Cross volunteers are providing crisis counseling, spiritual support, first aid and helping people replace prescriptions and other items like eyeglasses.
You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.