The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced them from their homes by flash flooding.
Red Cross workers from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts are now accepting deployments to help residents recover. Melissa Sieminski of Scituate, who specializes in Bulk Distribution, has been deployed to Colorado.
The Bulk Distribution specialist hands out relief supplies, like clean up kits, to those who need them.
More than 250 trained disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers. The Red Cross has mobilized more than 20 response vehicles and six truck loads of relief supplies. Volunteers are working with the Southern Baptist Convention and have served more than 7,100 meals and snacks.
Access to some communities is difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As flooded areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute clean up supplies and support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months. We’re already planning for that effort now.
Sieminski, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When she returns to Massachusetts, her knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.
Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.