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Second local Red Cross volunteer deploys to West Virginia

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The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Chapter (ARCNENY) will deploy another local volunteer to West Virginia to assist with the Red Cross relief operations set in place after thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic caused widespread damage, leaving thousands of homes without power for several days.

Jerry Jackson of Troy, NY will be assigned as a manager for the Red Cross national fleet operations in Parkersburg, W. Va. for up to three weeks (if necessary). Jackson has been a Red Cross volunteer for the past five years and will assist with logistics transportation for the current mobilization of emergency vehicles and kitchens to distribute meals and drinks to the affected areas in North Central West Virginia. West Virginia is one of the hardest hit areas, with more than 240,000 homes still without power.

Jackson was a lead volunteer for some of the Northeastern New York Region's major disasters last year which included a 30-day assignment for sheltering in Plattsburgh following massive flooding in May 2011, as well as lead logistical support during the Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee flooding response. He has also deployed several times nationally for Red Cross disaster responses in North Dakota, Mississippi, Texas and Iowa.

ARCNENY just honored Jackson with the Walter W. Wilsnack Emergency Services Award at its Volunteer Recognition Dinner on June 13. The award is dedicated to the memory of Walter W. Wilsnack, a long time, dedicated volunteer leader of the Rensselaer Chapter. It recognizes meritorious service performed by a volunteer who has lent extraordinary talent, leadership, or service to the Emergency Services programs; is knowledgeable of Red Cross programs, philosophy and goals; exemplifies the ideals and mission of Red Cross and consistently renders outstanding service above the requirements of the job.

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP - Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS - People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to www.redcross.org or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media-radio, newspaper and television-to find out where local shelters are located.

REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL - The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS ( 1-800-733-2767) to be connected with the local Red Cross chapter.

For more information please visit www.redcross.org.