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Red Cross Responding to Isaac Across Several States

Eastern MA - Chapter News 25

The American Red Cross is preparing for what could be a large disaster response spanning multiple states and is already starting to help the millions of people whose communities are under warnings from Tropical Storm Isaac. Red Cross disaster workers are responding throughout the Gulf region, providing shelter and help in Florida and preparing to open evacuation shelters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Locally, the American Red Cross continues to deploy volunteers to assist in the affected areas, and Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) from Niagara County and Southwestern New York will be heading to Port Allen, Louisiana on Tuesday morning to assist in Mass Care and Feeding efforts. Volunteers Priscilla Baker and Susan Schafer of Ransomville will be driving the ERV from Niagara Falls, and Charles Meder of Stockton and Pete Swales of Springville will deploy with the ERV from Jamestown.

Here is a full list of Western New York volunteers currently 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
  • Thomas Daley of Tonawanda—Mass Care/Shelter Operations
  • Dominic DiGirolamo of Belmont—Disaster Mental Health
  • Larry Erb of Williamsville-Health Services
  • 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
  • Charles Meder of Stockton—Mass Care/Feeding/ERV
  • 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
  • As of Monday, August 27, the Red Cross:

  • Deployed more than 1,500 disaster workers across the Gulf Coast to help with Red Cross efforts.
  • Sheltered hundreds of people Sunday night in Florida. More than 560 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross and community shelters after Isaac brought heavy rain, power outages and flooding. Overall, the Red Cross opened 22 shelters and supported 20 community shelters overnight.
  • Put dozens of shelters on stand-by along the Gulf, where evacuations have already been ordered in some area. Shelters are likely to open in the area throughout the day.
  • Sent mobile kitchens and truckloads of relief supplies to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 50 pre-positioned support trailers are ready with supplies.
  • Activated more than 150 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) in those states and from around the country to help.
  • Continued to help in Florida where flooding continues. Red Cross disaster workers will continue to help those affected by opening shelters, providing meals and distributing relief supplies like personal hygiene and clean-up items.
  • People who may be in the path of Isaac should stay informed about the storm and leave the area if authorities direct them to do so.

  • 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.
  • People should restock their disaster supplies, and fill their vehicle’s gas tank. They should also get ready to bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind such as lawn furniture and bicycles. Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to trigger a large and prolonged disaster response with major flooding across several states. People can call, click or text to donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.