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Seven more regional volunteers deploy for southern states


Hurricane Isaac is hammering communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states—providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat.

The Finger Lakes NY Region of the American Red Cross deployed seven volunteers to the storm area today, bringing the total deployed from this region to 28. The following folks were deployed today:

  • Steve Erbland, of Dansville, and Carole Milner and Lucy Everett, both of Rochester, will be departing today for Houston, Texas. From there they will be sent to a staging area for the storm system. Erbland, Milner, and Everett will function as bulk distribution service associates in a Red Cross warehouse. They will be departing from Greater Rochester International Airport today at 6:10 p.m. via Delta Airlines and will be available for interviews at the airport (outside of security) at 4:30 p.m.
  • Dan Weismore, of Churchville, will depart today at 6:10 p.m. from Greater Rochester International Airport for Texas. He will then head into Louisiana where he will provide disaster assessment services to storm victims.
  • Mary Ann Cady, of Fairport, is also heading for Louisiana via Texas to provide disaster assessment services. She departs from Greater Rochester International Airport tomorrow at 6:48 a.m. and will be available for interviews at 6:00 a.m.
  • Ruth Walters, of Bath, and Carolyn Kolczynski, of Corning, are leaving for Texas tomorrow and will subsequently head to Louisiana to perform disaster assessment services. They will depart from Elmira-Corning Airport tomorrow at 9:15 a.m.
  • We need your help. This is a very large relief response that will last a long time. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched. People can 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.

    WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD DO 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.

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