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Red Cross Continues to Assist Those in the path of Isaac

Eastern MA - Chapter News 26

Hurricane Isaac continues its march inland with strong winds and flooding, and the Red Cross is providing thousands of people with food, shelter and other emergency services. More than 4,700 people spent Wednesday night in as many as 80 Red Cross and community shelters across seven states.

20 Red Cross volunteers from the Western New York region either have been or will be deployed to the Gulf to assist in the Isaac response efforts. In addition, two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) from WNY have been deployed to the region, and will be moving into affected areas to assist in feeding and cleanup as soon as it is safe to do so.

Here is a full list of Western New York volunteers who have been deployed to assist in the Red Cross response to Isaac; it is expected that additional volunteers will be deployed as the situation continues to develop:

  • Priscilla Baker of Ransomville—Mass Care/Feeding/ERV
  • Elizabeth Casey of Batavia—Disaster Mental Health
  • James Collingwood of Amherst—External Relations/Government Operations
  • Thomas Daley of Tonawanda—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Dominic DiGirolamo of Belmont—Disaster Mental Health
  • Larry Erb of Williamsville-Health Services (returned home)
  • Marianne Evans of Ransomville—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Gwendolyn Gonzalez of Lockport—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • PearlieMae Hargro of Buffalo—Mass Care/Feeding
  • Michael Koscielny of Lancaster—Technology/Computer Operations
  • Rachel McMahon of Orchard Park—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Gerald Meal of Lockport—External Relations/Government Operations
  • Charles Meder of Stockton—Mass Care/Feeding/ERV
  • Joyce Priebe of Depew—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Robert Reed of Derby—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Susan Schafer of Ransomville—Mass Care/Feeding/ERV
  • Elizabeth Shook of Cuba—Staff Services
  • Pete Swales of Springville—Mass Care/Feeding/ERV
  • Richard Townsend of Albion—Logistics/Warehousing
  • Mary Walker of Dunkirk--Client Casework
  • This is a massive relief effort and the Red Cross will be in the Gulf region for weeks helping people recover. People wishing to help can call, click or text a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    More than 3,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States have deployed to the Gulf region to help. Before Isaac struck, 197 ERVs, additional vehicles and trailers of relief supplies were pre-positioned just outside the impact area, and are now starting to move assistance into the affected communities. The Red Cross is working closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response.

    If someone needs to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check their local television, radio and newspaper. The free Hurricane App features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. It can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross Safe and Well website is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.