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Massive Hurricane Matthew Response Continues

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

More than a week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into the southeast, people are still dealing with the aftermath of the devastating storm which left entire communities underwater and uprooted thousands of lives. The American Red Cross is there, providing shelter, food, relief supplies and hope as this emergency continues. 

From the Finger Lakes Chapter, volunteer Robert Barton of Savannah is traveling to Cape Fear, N.C., where he will serve as a disaster assessment supervisor. He joins 40 others from the Western and Central New York Region who are supporting the Hurricane Matthew response. 

NAME CHAPTER/HOMETOWN STATE 

John Thomas Aldsach Central New York/Canastota Florida 

Harry Dashnau Central New York/Baldwinsville Florida 

William Looft Central New York/Oneida Florida 

Marlene Ryan Central New York/Syracuse Florida 

Jeffery Baldwin Central New York/Oswego Georgia 

Paul Killius Central New York/Jamesville Georgia 

John Rapacke Central New York/Marcellus Georgia 

Patricia Smarzo Central New York/Marcellus Georgia 

Gary Toth Central New York/Mexico Georgia 

Robert Barton Finger Lakes/Savannah North Carolina 

Judy Coleman Finger Lakes/Corning Georgia 

Donna Davis Finger Lakes/Burdett South Carolina 

James Robinson Greater Rochester/East Rochester Georgia 

Heather Gray Greater Rochester/Rochester North Carolina 

Elena Kleinhenz Greater Rochester/Geneseo North Carolina 

Sarah Perkins Greater Rochester/Pittsford South Carolina 

Mark Sennett Greater Rochester/Fairport South Carolina 

Sarah Sennett Greater Rochester/Fairport South Carolina 

Richard Stirpe Greater Rochester/Webster South Carolina 

Jeanne Frey Southern Tier/Binghamton Florida 

Joseph Stover Southern Tier/Dryden Florida 

Peter Zelno Southern Tier/Vestal Florida 

Michael Thomas Southern Tier/Ithaca Georgia 

Hasan Al-Dukhkhani Southern Tier/Vestal North Carolina 

Kathleen Ives Southern Tier/Greene North Carolina 

Michael Parker Southern Tier/Freeville North Carolina 

Linda Callahan Southern Tier/Newfield South Carolina 

Lee Campfield Southern Tier/Apalachin South Carolina 

Charles Haupt Southern Tier/Owego South Carolina 

Sandra Smith Southern Tier/Owego South Carolina 

Qifan Yang Southern Tier/Vestal South Carolina 

Diane Sargent Western New York/Lockport Florida 

Charlene Hanson Western New York/Niagara Falls Georgia 

Vincent Jacob Western New York/Amherst Georgia 

Kassy Steiger Western New York/Amherst Georgia 

Joshua Horton Western New York/Cuba North Carolina 

Jacqueline May Western New York/Colden North Carolina 

Elaine Universal Western New York/Eden North Carolina 

Anonymous Western New York South Carolina 

Gwendolyn Gonzalez Western New York/Lockport South Carolina 

Robert Klinshaw Western New York/Lockport South Carolina 

More than 2,100 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are still seeking refuge in 33 Red Cross and community shelters. The Red Cross has mobilized almost 5,000 disaster workers, 235 response vehicles, 19 partner-supported kitchens as well as truckloads of water, ready-to-eat meals, cots, blankets, kitchen items, cleaning supplies and comfort kits, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, coolers and more. 

As conditions permit, Red Cross response vehicles are circulating through the hardest-hit areas, delivering food and relief supplies. 

Overall, Red Cross and community partners have served more than 854,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 178,000 relief items, supported more than 18,000 health and mental health services, and provided 92,000 overnight stays in shelters. 

HOW TO HELP 

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting http://redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. 

GIVE BLOOD We’d also like to ask public to remember the blood needs of the Red Cross. Hurricane Matthew has already forced the cancellation of many blood drives along the East Coast, and more could be cancelled. If you’re in an unaffected area, please give blood or platelets now, so we can continue to help patients in need. Go to http://redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. 

BECOME A VOLUNTEER People can make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. To join us, visit http://redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. People can also contact their local Red Cross to inquire about volunteer opportunities.