In what has already been a historically busy year for disaster relief, The American Red Cross is responding once again to the ongoing flooding in the Midwest, as well as in states impacted by the recent tornadoes, flooding and blizzards.
Locally, Don Nelson of Endwell is being deployed to Oklahoma where he will serve as a shelter supervisor. He is the third volunteer from the Western and Central New York Region who will be traveling to that area, joining Lucille Frisicano and Sarah Perkins of the Rochester area.
Heavy rain across parts of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys has led to flooding in many areas along the rivers. Weather experts say the possibility of flooding will continue over the next several days and flash floods are possible from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic regions. Red Cross disaster workers are on duty across multiple states, opening shelters for those affected, providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies, providing health and mental health services and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps. Almost 300 people spent Wednesday night in 37 Red Cross and community shelters.
The Red Cross will be helping people affected by this storm for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies, including helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – the vast majority of which are home fires.
People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.