FARMINGTON, CONN., SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 - Two volunteers from the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter are on their way to Colorado to support disaster relief efforts after flooding that has displaced thousands of people in the state.
Donna Hathaway, of Uncasville, and Stephanie Johnson, of Middletown, are deploying as Client Health Services Supervisors. They will support health assessment and referral services for people affected by the disaster.
“Both Donna and Stephanie are seasoned volunteers,” said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “They have been helping to identify and address potential health issues in disaster situations both locally and in major incidents across the country. We are fortunate to have their help.”
Hathaway and Johnson follow Red Cross staff person Alison Gain, of New Hartford, who deployed yesterday to help support staff recruitment in Colorado.
“Alison has tremendous experience in the management and assignment of staff to large disaster operations,” Shipman said. “Her skills will help us to quickly recruit and deploy the right people in this relief operation.”
The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by flash flooding. As many as 500 people stayed in 14 shelters Monday night in Colorado. More than 400 trained disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers. The Red Cross has mobilized more than 20 response vehicles and six truckloads of relief supplies. In the days to come, the Red Cross will be supporting Disaster Assistance Centers by offering relief supplies and other recovery support. As flooded areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute clean up supplies and support a recovery effort that could take months.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.