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Volunteer Deployed to Mississippi

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

Thousands of people across five states are facing blizzards, wildfires and floods, with more than 1,100 American Red Cross disaster workers on the ground providing emergency services to support those affected.

A spate of spring storms have brought flooding, fires, and blizzards to five states, leaving more than 515 people on Wednesday night in Red Cross and community shelters in Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Volunteer Charlene Hanson of Niagara Falls is traveling to Mississippi to support Health Services activities during the disaster response in flood-damaged areas. Twelve volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are now deployed to the south where widespread flooding has occurred. Seven other volunteers are supporting operations virtually.


Carlos Averio, Rochester - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Robert Barton, Savannah - Mississippi - Disaster Assessment

May Becker, Fayetteville - Texas - Client Casework (virtual)

Jay Bonafede, Tonawanda - Texas - Public Affairs

Thomas Daley, Tonawanda - Texas - Client Casework

Marieanna Elliott, Hamburg - Texas - Disaster Mental Health

Paul Francher, Syracuse - Texas - Client Casework (virtual)

Lucille Frisicano, Webster - Louisiana - Health Services

Charlene Hanson - Mississippi - Health Services

Gordon Howard, Tully - Texas - Disaster Assessment

Shelly Licurse, Manlius - Louisiana - Disaster Mental Health

Leonard Malinowski, Canandaigua - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Bonnie Nolen, Rush - Mississippi - Client Casework

Susan Page, Marcellus - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Leslee Rice, Shortsville - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Sarah Perkins, Pittsford - Louisiana - Disaster Assessment

Diane Sargent, Lockport - Louisiana - Disaster Assessment

Elizabeth Shook, Cuba - Texas - Staff Services

Frank VanSickle, Cortland - Louisiana -Client Casework (virtual)


Since March 8, Red Cross volunteers have been working alongside community partners to provide 4,200 overnight stays in 60 shelters; serve 194,000 meals and snacks; and distribute 80,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies to help people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas impacted by floods.

Meanwhile in Colorado, heavy snow led to blizzard conditions and hundreds of stranded motorists spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters where they had a warm place to sleep and food to eat. Additionally, wildfires are burning in Kansas and Texas, where several communities are being threatened with evacuations. The Red Cross is closely monitoring these disasters to ensure people get the help they need, and Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to provide support, care,and comfort to thousands of those affected.

“The Red Cross is responding to disasters across a massive area of the country and is spending millions of dollars to provide relief,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “Working with community partners, emergency shelters have been open for more than two weeks, and we’re also providing food, relief supplies and emotional support to families forced from their homes with only what they could carry.”

Anyone who wants to help people affected by disasters like flooding, wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, 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.