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Lockport Volunteer Deploying to Flint, MI

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The American Red Cross is working closely with government, non-profit and other community partners to help local residents in Flint, Michigan during this difficult and emotionally charged time. A state of emergency was recently declared over the water crisis in the city of Flint.

Volunteer Diane Sargent of Lockport will be deploying to Flint to serve as an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) driver. Sargent, who in recent months has deployed to help in the Red Cross response to wildfires in California and flooding in Oklahoma and South Carolina, will be delivering bottled water and other supplies door-to-door in affected neighborhoods. Sargent is also a volunteer with the Disaster Action Team (DAT), providing food, clothing, shelter and support on the scene to Western New Yorkers affected by home fires and other disasters.

Complex emergencies like the water crisis in Flint require the coordination and cooperation of a variety of partners to make sure the affected community has the right tools. The Red Cross is supporting the City of Flint, Genesee County Emergency Management and the State of Michigan, who are leading relief efforts during this crisis.

In Flint, the Red Cross is helping to coordinate volunteers, distribution efforts, supply storage and logistics planning in concert with local officials. Items including bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits are being provided to Flint residents through the government. While distributing these items, the Red Cross is also supporting the bottled water recycling program by distributing information and plastic bags.

The State of Michigan has partnered with local officials to establish five water resource sites in Flint where residents may pick up bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are also helping the Genesee County Emergency Management Agency with delivery of items door-to-door in neighborhoods.

As of January 28th, the Red Cross has helped distribute over 32,500 cases of water, more than 21,570 water filters and replacement filters, and nearly 2,700 testing kits to nearly 35,000 homes visited.

At this time, the Red Cross is not accepting donations of material goods, including water. Items such as bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits are being provided to Flint residents through our government partners. Anyone wishing to provide material, in-kind, or financial donations can visit file:///Y:/Communications/PRESSREL/www.helpforflint.com%20">www.helpforflint.com for more information.

Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are being used to provide help right now in Flint This includes getting clean water into the hands of local residents by mobilizing, deploying and supporting volunteers handing out water supplies, as well as logistics, vehicles, and staff and technology expenses. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. This includes the crisis in Flint and nearly 66,000 other disasters we handle every year around the country. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief.