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Red Cross Sending Local Disaster Workers to Help with Texas Wildfire Recovery

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

Denver, CO – Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Five Colorado volunteers are deploying to support American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Texas in response to devastating wildfires.

The American Red Cross is responding to wildfires in the Texas Panhandle that have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people around Lake Meredith near Amarillo, Texas. Sunday night approximately 170 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters. The Red Cross is also providing food and water to the responders who are battling the fire.

Debra and Daniel Swanson from the Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter will travel to Amarillo, Texas, in support of individual client services. The Swansons are a husband-and-wife team and they have been disaster responders since 2006.

Janice Lewis, from the Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter, will travel to Amarillo to serve as a member of the financial and statistical team. Janice has been a disaster responder for more than two years.

Phil Tomlinson, from the Mile High Chapter, will travel to Amarillo as part of the disaster assessment team. Phil’s wife Elaine is currently deployed to Meridian, Mississippi, as part of a Red Cross staff services team. Phil and Elaine have been disaster responders for more than 16 years.

Charles Raines from the Pikes Peak Chapter will travel to Amarillo to serve as a member of the logistics team. Charles has been a disaster responder for less than one year.

The Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region already has six disaster responders deployed to assist with Red Cross efforts across the nation: two are in Arkansas and four are in Mississippi. Wednesday’s deployment will bring the total number of deployed responders from the Colorado & Wyoming Region to 11.

"Deploying to a disaster is never easy,” said Gino Greco, CEO for the Colorado & Wyoming Region. “We are proud that our volunteers have stepped up to help.”
Typical disaster deployment is 14 to 21 days depending on the needs of the disaster and the availability of the volunteer.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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, or join our blog at

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