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.