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Eastern New York Volunteers Head West to Help After Snow

Little girl holding Red Cross blanket in a Red Cross shelter
"The Red Cross is currently operating multiple shelters across Western New York"

Six volunteers from the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region are being deployed west to the Buffalo area to assist with relief efforts after this week’s lake effect snow event.

The Red Cross is currently operating multiple shelters across Western New York to provide comfort to those affected by recent weather. On Thursday evening, nearly 200 people spent the night in shelters operated by Red Cross staff and volunteers. The Red Cross is also supporting multiple partner shelters, providing supplies such as food, cots, comfort kits and blankets for those in need. Red Cross staff and volunteers are in contact with emergency officials from across the state to monitor additional weather warnings and the potential for roof collapses and flooding in the coming days. We stand ready to expand our response as needed.

On Thursday, two volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Red Cross headed west to provide disaster mental health and health services in the greater Buffalo area. These volunteers are working to ensure the physical and mental well-being of those affected by the storm. Today, two additional volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, including a Red Cross AmeriCorps member, are deploying to assist with feeding. These volunteers will help to serve meals across disaster-affected areas in Western New York.

A third Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter volunteer has deployed today to serve as a government liaison, working in close partnership with authorities to assess and address critical needs. On Saturday, a fourth volunteer from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter will deploy to provide support for shelter operations.

In addition to volunteers heading west to lend their time and expertise, staff and volunteers from across the Eastern New York Region have been representing the Red Cross with 24/7 coverage at the State Emergency Operations Center in Albany. These workers are helping to keep lines of communication open with government partners to ensure effective collaboration throughout the respose.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to storms that affect tens of thousands. Please consider making a donation to Disaster Relief today. Your support will help people affected by disasters big and small.