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Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Colorado Wildfires and TS Debby

Nebraska Volunteers Help with Wildfires, Tropical Storms

Nebraska volunteers are helping with two major disaster relief operations underway today. A total of 10 volunteers and all four Nebraska-located Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are heading to Colorado, where wildfires continue to rage. Another volunteer is currently deployed to Florida in response to Tropical Storm Debby.

Here in Lincoln, Red Cross volunteers will assist Lincoln Parks and Recreation to make cooling stations available during the current heat advisory. Red Cross volunteers will work with Parks and Rec staff to keep the F Street Center and Belmont Rec Center open until 9:00pm on any days when the heat index reaches 100.

Disaster relief volunteers Dolan Todd Vesely and Randy Neeman of Lincoln will be at the Cornhusker Chapter office at 3:00pm today (Wednesday, June 27) to complete paperwork. They will make final preparations and depart with the ERV about 6:00 am tomorrow (Thursday, June 28). If you are interested in an interview with deploying volunteers TODAY or tomorrow morning, please contact Susan Epps at 402-730-4165.

In addition to Tropical Storm Debby, the Red Cross is responding to the wildfires that are impacting many areas of Colorado. Other states, including Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming, are battling wildfires. We currently have:

• Opened 5 shelters, providing more than more than 160 overnight stays.

• Served more than 29,600 meals and snacks to affected communities as well as first responders such as fire fighters and police officers.

• Distributed at least 100 clean-up and comfort kits containing items such as toiletries, brooms, and gloves.

• Distributed more than 2,800 bulk items such as sifters, work gloves and face masks.

• Provided more than 3,000 health and mental health contacts providing such services as crisis counseling, emotional support and basic first aid.

How to Help

• Make a Financial Gift to Disaster Relief - Help us help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the recent spring floods and tornadoes, by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

• Donate Blood or Host A Blood Drive - Encourage employees to participate in community blood drives and/or host a blood drive on-site for both staff and customers. As a blood drive sponsor, you can help meet the blood needs of patients in your community and across the United States during this critical shortage of blood.

• Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to Make a Donation – Customers of participating wireless carriers can make a $10 donation to support Disaster Relief by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Message and Data rates may apply. Full terms and privacy policy can be found at redcross.org/m.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.