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Local Red Cross Volunteers Support Disaster Relief in Southern U.S.

Our work is really just beginning.

FARMINGTON, CONN., May 1, 2014 – Seven Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut have been deployed to support Red Cross disaster relief operations in states impacted this week by severe spring storms.

The deployed volunteers are:

  • Wayne Dailey, of Mystic, deployed to Mississippi to support disaster mental health services, helping to provide assessment and access to care for people with emotional health needs.
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  • Ira and Ginny Haas, of Quaker Hill, deployed to Arkansas to support client casework services, working to meet individually with people affected by the storms.
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  • David Kemp, of Vernon, deployed to Arkansas as a logistics manager, supporting movement of vehicles and supplies.
  • Melissa Lundeen, of Ansonia, deployed to Arkansas to support client casework services, working to meet individually with people affected by the storms.
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  • Janet Lyons, of Bridgeport, deployed to Arkansas to support disaster mental health services, helping to provide assessment and access to care for people with emotional health needs.
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  • Warren Salomon, of North Haven, deployed to Arkansas to support logistics operations in a Red Cross warehouse.
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American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno thanked the volunteers for their willingness to deploy. “We have amazingly talented and dedicated volunteers who train and serve throughout the year to help neighbors in Connecticut,” Bruno said. “When a major disaster happens, we are so grateful for their willingness to leave their homes and families to help neighbors elsewhere in the country.”

The Red Cross is at work in 12 states, helping thousands of people affected by devastating floods and tornadoes. Trained Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and other assistance to those in need. Nearly 300 people spent Wednesday night in 25 Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. And Red Cross workers in emergency vehicles are handing out meals, snacks and relief supplies in the hardest-hit communities as road conditions permit. Damage assessment teams are also helping to determine the full scope of the destruction left behind by the storm system.

More than 800 Red Cross workers have already served more than 30,000 meals and snacks, and handed out 4,600 essential relief items to people in need.

“The Red Cross set to work in communities ahead of these storms and we have been there every day since, helping people in need,” Bruno said. “Our work is really just beginning. We will be on the ground for weeks, supporting people affected by this disaster.”

HOW TO HELP: Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises 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.