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Red Cross Sending Disaster Workers to Help in Texas

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle responding to a Tornado

Denver, CO, May 22, 2015, 10:15 a.m.  – The American Red Cross in Colorado is responding to devastating tornadoes and floods in Texas and Oklahoma that have displaced hundreds of families by sending thirteen volunteers and two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs).  Seven have already deployed, and six more leave today.

Mike Ring from the Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter departed May 22 to Wichita Falls to serve as a supervisor for the Red Cross shelters.  He has been involved with the Red Cross for more than four years and this is his seventh deployment.  He likes to “give back.”

Chris Humphries from the Red Cross Mile High Chapter in Denver also departed May 22 to Wichita Falls and will serve as a logistics supervisor.  She has been a volunteer since 1985 and has deployed more than ten times.  When asked why she volunteers, she said “I like paying it forward.”

Four volunteers will drive two ERVs, leaving from Denver and Colorado Springs headed to Dallas, TX as part of the American Red Cross disaster response effort in Texas.  The teams will report for duty in Dallas and then go to service delivery sites to meet further needs.

Roger Bram has been a Red Cross volunteer with the Pikes Peak Chapter for 10 years and has deployed to large scale disasters more than 20 times.  Bram is from Colorado Springs, CO, and serves as a logistics lead, ham operator, and an ERV driver.

Lois Bogart is with the Western Colorado Chapter and has been a Red Cross volunteer since 1999.  This is her fourth deployment and she will serve as an ERV driver.  Previously, she deployed with her late husband, Randy Bogart, in 2005.  She is also a volunteer with several other organizations in Grand Junction.  She volunteers because, “It is really gratifying when you can help people get back on their feet.”

Guy Forti, Mile High Chapter, has deployed five times since 2009.  He will serve as an ERV driver.

Matt Reynolds, Mile High Chapter ERV driver, is on his first deployment outside of Colorado and has volunteered for more than two years.

If you would like to support the American Red Cross to help people affected by disasters like the Texas tornadoes or other emergencies in your community like home fires, you can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.