Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers are responding across the south where devastating flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.
Red Cross workers from New Jersey are among those assisting with relief efforts. Alan Pew of Westville has deployed to Louisiana to serve as a casework supervisor, Anthony Novellino of Denville is working as a shelter manager in Louisiana, Debra Lavender of Little Egg Harbor is helping as a disaster health services worker in Mississippi, Margaret McGinley of Blairstown and Clare Rybczynski of Branchburg are assisting with client casework in Mississippi, and Marv Goodman of East Brunswick is acting as a Community Partnerships Manager in Louisiana.
Three additional volunteers, Ken Heaphy of Raritan, Janet Murnick of Bernardsville and Patricia Williams of Alpine, are assisting with the disaster operation here in New Jersey supporting a virtual call center.
“I am proud of our compassionate and devoted Red Cross volunteers from New Jersey and across the country that have responded to provide help and hope to those affected by the flooding in the South,” said David Lewis, interim regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Many families have suffered extensive damage to their homes, furnishings and personal possessions due to these floodwaters. The Red Cross depends on the continuing support of the American people to help the families affected by this disaster and other emergencies big and small.”
HOW TO HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
RED CROSS RESPONSE Hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding in numerous Red Cross and community shelters in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Red Cross workers are operating shelters and providing meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services. The area is expected to see more flooding throughout the week and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation with state and local officials to ensure people get the help they need.
Louisiana is under a statewide emergency. Hundreds of residents are escaping the flooding in numerous Red Cross and community shelters. This is the largest sheltering operation for the Red Cross in Louisiana since Hurricane Gustav and Ike in 2008, and Hurricane Isaac in 2012. As many as 12,000 people have been impacted by the flooding in the state with hundreds of residences either destroyed or receiving major damage.
In Mississippi, hundreds of homes have been damaged by the floodwaters. Floodwaters also swamped several counties along the Gulf Coast in Texas. In Arkansas, strong storms damaged homes and downed power lines. Red Cross responders are helping with shelter, meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services.
“The Red Cross is helping people right now with emotional support and emergency needs such as a place to stay, clean-up supplies and meals,” Lewis said. “We will continue to support these families in the coming weeks as they navigate their journey to recovery.”