The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties is deploying an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), based in Niagara Falls, to the Central New York region to assist in the ongoing relief efforts following massive flooding in the area. Volunteers Joy Bidlack of East Aurora and Diane Sargent of Lockport will be meeting the ERV at the Chapter’s Administrative Headquarters at 786 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo Monday at approximately 9:30am and driving to the Utica headquarters to receive specific assignments.
This is the third ERV from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions to deploy to the Utica area to assist in this response. The ERVs, including those deployed earlier from Jamestown and Rochester, will deliver food, water, clean-up kits and other supplies directly into some of the hardest-hit areas. Through Saturday night, the American Red Cross had provided 315 overnight shelter stays, nearly 20,000 meals and snacks, and more than 2,100 clean-up kits and comfort kids to residents affected by the floods.
The American Red Cross on Sunday continued mobile feeding in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, and it will provide mobile feeding and mobile distribution of clean-up supplies in the city of Oneida Monday.
Also on Sunday, the Red Cross closed its shelter at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley at 701 Seneca St., Oneida. Other Red Cross shelters that were opened last week have been closed. The Red Cross has shelters on standby if more flooding creates the need for additional shelters.
A total of 28 volunteers from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions have been deployed to assist in this relief effort, with one additional volunteer deploying to Arizona to assist in the ongoing wildfire relief efforts there. This also marks Diane Sargent’s second deployment as part of the Central New York relief efforts. A full list of deployed volunteers is below, listed in order of their deployment date (two ERV drivers from Southwestern New York have asked to remain anonymous):
Stephen Erbland Dansville Logistics
Ari Gottlib Rochester Logistics
Michael Hoplight Niagara Falls External Relations
Tony Muscolino Finger Lakes External Relations
Sarah Perkins Pittsford Disaster Assessment
Diane Sargent Lockport Disaster Assessment/ERV
Gary Thompson Finger Lakes Disaster Assessment
Mary Walls Williamsville Disaster Assessment (Returned Home)
Patricia Jung Wellsville Staff Services
Stuart Moore Allegany Sheltering
Marianne Evans Ransomville Sheltering
Jennifer Godbout Olean Sheltering
Norm Kehl Stykersville Disaster Assessment
Carmella Bartimole Olean Disaster Mental Health
Edward Steinhauer Elmira Disaster Assessment
Emily Upham Rochester Health Services
Tom Daley Tonawanda Client Casework
Ruth Walters Bath Disaster Assessment
Kenneth Turner Buffalo Operations Management
Elizabeth Shook Cuba Staff Services
Leslie Mangano Stow Client Casework
Peggy McGee-Smith Kenmore Disaster Mental Health (Arizona)
Sharon Scarafia-Kimble Lockport Bulk Distribution
Arline Cookingham Webster Health Services
Joe Louis Rochester Staff Services
Joy Bidlack East Aurora ERV
Stephen Brown Finger Lakes Staff Services
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like floods, wild fires and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.