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Local Red Cross Volunteer Heads to Louisiana to Support

Eastern MA - Chapter News 26

Contact: Paul Shipman

Phone: (860) 678-2796

FARMINGTON, CONN., September 6, 2012 – Red Cross volunteer Masako Vigneault, of Redding, will deploy to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to support Red Cross relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Masako will be at the Bridgeport Red Cross office at 3:30PM on Friday to process her deployment paperwork. Media is welcome.

Who: American Red Cross volunteer Masako Vigneault

American Red Cross Emergency Services Senior Director Steve Woods

What: Pre-deployment briefing and paperwork before Masako leaves for Louisiana

When: Friday, September 7, 3:30PM

Where: American Red Cross

158 Brooklawn Avenue

Bridgeport, Conn. 06604

Why: Red Cross relief work continues in Louisiana and Mississippi, where more than 500 people spent the night in a shelter Wednesday. More than 2,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks to people in need. The Red Cross is working with partners to provide thousands of meals each day. So far, the Red Cross has served more than 400,000 meals and snacks.

Masako Vigneault will help coordinate volunteers on the scene in Louisiana. At this time in a response like this, many of the initial volunteers deployed two weeks ago will begin rotating out and will be replaced with new staff, so Staff Services will have an important role to play in moving and assigning people.

Since August 23, the Red Cross in Connecticut has deployed 41 people to support preparedness and relief operations for Hurricane Isaac.

Past deployments for Vigneault include Hurricanes Ike and Katrina.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at