The local Red Cross office is deploying another volunteer to assist with storm recovery following the deadly tornadoes and floods that struck much of the South and Midwest over the last week.
Gary Bishop is deploying to Alabama today to assist with Red Cross Public Affairs. He will be working with external relations to communicate with the media and general public.
The Red Cross response to the last week’s devastating storms stretches across 13 states where Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, health, and mental health services to people impacted by the storm.
The Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks supporting those affected. As people begin the monumental task of starting to clean up their neighborhoods, the Red Cross will be handing out relief supplies like brooms, buckets, gloves, shovels, rakes, and tarps throughout many affected communities.
Early estimates show about 2,500 homes across eight states were destroyed or heavily damaged by tornadoes or floods since April 25. Nearly 1,900 trained Red Cross workers from around the country have been mobilized to provide help in the hardest hit communities.
How to help – Those who would like to help people affected by these disasters can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region
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 American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.