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Red Cross continues deployments while providing local support and services

Red Cross continues deployments to Missouri and Arkansas while providing support and services to local families impacted by storms

The American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region is deploying three additional volunteers Friday, two to Missouri and one to Arkansas, to assist individuals and families impacted by severe weather and flooding. This brings the total number of volunteers deployed from our region this week to nine. 

The local volunteers deploying Friday are Mark Gaines from Winston-Salem, Michelle Kaufman from Huntersville, and Robert Tewmey from Misenheimer.

While nine of our volunteers are assisting families in Missouri and Arkansas, here in western North Carolina, other local volunteers have stepped up and are assisting people in their own communities impacted by the storms that hit here last night,” said Angela A. Broome, regional executive officer for the Western North Carolina Region. “More than 90 percent of our responses are local. Because of the thousands of volunteers who give their time, we are able to support efforts across our nation while still responding to local disasters such as the downed trees that left homes unlivable today.”

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to


VOLUNTEERING The time and talent of every volunteer makes a real difference in people’s lives. Those interested in volunteering should visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.


HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. Help people affected by disasters like floods, wildfires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Make a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

You also may help by donating blood. Blood collection in areas impacted by storms such as these drops significantly yet need often increases. Visit for a collection location or blood drive near you.