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Additional Volunteers Deployed for Flood Relief

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers continue to help people in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi affected by the recent devastating flooding. 

Two regional volunteers are travelling to Louisiana; Patricia Coate of Allegany who will assist with client casework, and Syracuse resident Paula Hueber, a registered nurse. 

A total of 28 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have been assisting, 20 of them on location and eight on virtual assignments. Many are now returning after spending about two weeks in the affected areas. 

Almost 120 residents of Louisiana and Texas are still in shelters weeks after historic flooding occurred that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 8,200 homes. Hundreds of Red Cross workers are operating shelters, serving meals and snacks, providing health and mental health services, distributing relief supplies and meeting one-on-one with residents to help them plan their recovery. 

Since the flooding began three weeks ago, more than 2,000 Red Crossers working alongside partners have provided 4,900 overnight stays in 60 shelters; served 305,000 meals and snacks; distributed more than 125,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies; and provided 10,000 health and mental health consultations since the flooding began. More than 3,800 cases have been opened to provide additional recovery support to families needing extra help. 

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is responding in Oklahoma after tornadoes touched down Wednesday night. Red Cross workers supported first responders with food and water where the storms damaged homes, downed trees and left thousands without power. The Red Cross is working with local and state emergency management agencies to help assess the storm damage and distribute snacks, water and needed supplies for storm clean-up. Millions of people face the threat of more severe weather in the coming days from the south into the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Tennessee Valley. 

HOW TO HELP Anyone who wants to help people affected by disasters like flooding, tornadoes and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. 

BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER Another way people can help is to become a Red Cross volunteer. The donated time and talent of a Red Cross volunteer can make a real difference in people’s lives. Go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. 

CORPORATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.