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Twenty Washington State Red Cross Workers Deploy to Disaster Areas


The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people across the United States in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes, floods and wildfires. In recent days, 20 Red Cross workers from Washington state have deployed to affected areas to help.

Ensuring people have a safe place to stay is a major priority. Red Cross shelters are currently open in Alabama, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. More than 1,500 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters Thursday night.

In hard-hit Alabama, 12 Red Cross shelters are open across the state. Red Cross disaster workers, relief supplies and equipment have been sent into Alabama, along with more than 50 emergency response vehicles and 25,000 ready-to-eat meals. Red Cross nurses and mental health workers have also been deployed to help people cope with the aftermath of this disaster.

In the last week, 20 specially-trained and experienced Red Cross disaster workers from the state of Washington have deployed to Alabama and North Carolina. They are providing emergency assistance such as shelter, food and mental health support. Some of the workers will help reconnect family members who have been separated due to the disasters.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost loved ones in these devastating storms,” said Randy Hutson, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties. “Our main focus is making sure people get help. It’s humbling to see so many people from our area assisting our neighbors in need across the country.”

The Red Cross is working with its partners around the clock to help people in every affected state, and will continue to focus on making sure people have a safe place to stay, food to eat, emotional support, basic health services and relief supplies. The Red Cross will continue to be there in the coming weeks as they help residents get back on their feet.

For those who are affected by a disaster in the U.S., registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website is a way for those in the disaster area to let loved ones know they are safe. Friends and family outside the disaster area can also visit the Safe and Well site to search for messages from their loved ones by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address.

There are several ways to register or look for messages from those affected by a disaster:

• From a computer, visit www.redcross.org and click on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants” link under “How to Get Help.”

• From a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell.

• Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register.

Disaster victims can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster, both here in the United States and around the world. Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit www.redcrosswashington.org or www.seattleredcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the community to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcrosswashington.org or www.seattleredcross.org.

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Media Contact: Stephanie Schoo, 206.726.3545 or stephanie.schoo@seattleredcross.org