American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Labor Liaison Mark Buford is traveling to Peoria, Illinois on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, to help assist people affected by the recent floods.
Buford will join other Red Cross volunteers from around the country by serving as an emergency response community partnerships manager. His will help establish relationships with community leaders and organizations in Illinois to build response capacity and coordinate response activities over the next few weeks.
Buford is a Toledo resident and has been with the Red Cross since 1998.
“Unions are very active in service.” says Buford, “During times like this, we’re always willing to help in any way we can.”
Buford will be available from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, (3100 West Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43606) for interviews.
The Red Cross is providing shelter and comfort to people in Illinois after heavy rains caused flash flooding last week. The Red Cross opened shelters, mobilized volunteers and dispatched relief supplies. Hundreds of Red Cross workers are providing food, relief supplies and emotional support to those affected through the Midwest.
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
People can learn how to prepare and react during a flood, by visiting www.redcross.org/prepare.