The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Colorado by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by the devastating flooding. Volunteer Steven Erbland of Dansville, NY deployed Monday to assist in the efforts as a Bulk Distribution Supervisor. A total of eight volunteers from the Finger Lakes and Western New York Regions are among the over 850 Red Cross workers supporting these efforts. A full list of area deployments is below.
Sunday night, more than 200 people stayed in seven Red Cross shelters across Colorado. Since the response began, the Red Cross has served over 33,000 meals and snacks, handed out more than 46,000 relief items and provided as many as 4,700 health and mental health services. The Red Cross is joining with several partner agencies to staff Disaster Assistance Centers across the affected areas where survivors can receive a range of services.
As people begin to return home, the Red Cross is distributing personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags and more at Disaster Assistance Centers and from the 24 Emergency Response Vehicles travelling throughout the affected area. Access to some communities remains challenging, but as areas begin to reopen, the Red Cross will be there to support a recover effort that will take weeks and months.
HOW TO HELP People across the flooded areas need help now. The Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and needs the continued support of the public to help those affected. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
WNY/FINGER LAKES RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS DEPLOYED
(FOR COLORADO FLOODING RELIEF UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
NAME, HOMETOWN/FUNCTION/DEPARTURE DATE
Dominic DiGirolamo, Belmont/Disaster Mental Health/9.19
Steven Erbland, Dansville/Bulk Distribution/9.23
Lucille Frisciano, Webster/Health Services/9.17
Tara Hughes, Amherst/Disaster Mental Health (Washington Navy Yard)/9.17
Joseph Louis, Rochester/Shelter Manager/9.22
Sarah Perkins, Pittsford/Disaster Assessment/9.18
Bippin Shaw, Rochester/Health Services/9.17
Beth Shook, Cuba/Staff Services/9.17
Ferris Tood, Canandaigua/Disaster Mental Health/9.17