The American Red Cross is preparing to widen its disaster response as the Post-Tropical Cyclone Hermine threatens communities along the East Coast over the remainder of the holiday weekend. Red Cross chapters all along the coast are monitoring the storm and have workers and shelter locations on stand-by.
Locally, all five chapters within the Western and Central New York Region are prepared to deploy staff and volunteers to affected areas.
From the Finger Lakes, volunteer Frank Davis of the Schuyler County community of Burdett is traveling to Tinton Falls, N.J. where he will serve as Assistant Director - Logistics in the Jersey Coast Disaster Operations Center. The Northeast Division Response Management Team there is being led by Ken Turner, Disaster Program Officer for the Western and Central New York Region.
The Red Cross workforce is made up of 90 percent volunteers. In order to continue providing services locally and beyond, new volunteers are greatly needed.
Prospective volunteers are invited to upcoming information sessions to learn more about becoming a disaster volunteer. The sessions will include brief presentations on the menu of services provided by the Red Cross, followed by a Disaster Services Overview, the initial step in the training process.
Volunteer Information events are scheduled in each chapter within the Region:
Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 123 W. Market St, Corning
Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. – 344 W. Genesee St, Syracuse
Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. – 786 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. – 50 Prince St, Rochester
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. – 620 E. Main St, Endicott
HOW TO HELP People can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small. You can help by visiting http://redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.