Nearly two feet of rain has resulted in devastating floods around the greater Houston metro area and the American Red Cross is on the ground, providing shelter, meals and comfort to residents forced from their homes. More than three million people live in the region and the Red Cross is deploying more disaster workers and relief supplies to the area to make sure people get the help they need.
Six volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are being assigned to flood relief. Four are traveling to the region, while two others are being deployed virtually.
The Western New York Chapter is deploying James Collingwood of Amherst to Texas where he will serve as a logistics supervisor.
Two volunteers from the Greater Rochester Chapter are assisting with flood relief. Sarah Perkins of Pittsford is traveling to Texas to help with disaster assessment. Shortsville resident Leslee Rice is working from home as a call agent.
From the Central New York Chapter, Barbara Stowe-Ranieri of Syracuse is being deployed to Texas to assist with health services. Cortland resident Frank VanSickle will be working from the Cortland office training new virtual call caseworkers.
From the Southern Tier, Peter Zelno of Vestal is driving an Emergency Response Vehicle in Texas.
“We are deploying a substantial amount of workers and relief supplies to the Houston area and we’ll be there for some time helping people recover, said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross has responded to three times more large-scale disasters during the first months of 2016 than the previous three years combined along with helping at the scene of hundreds of home fires and other smaller disasters every day. The Red Cross needs the public’s help now. They can give to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
This week also offers another unique opportunity to help. The Red Cross will hold its 2016 Red Cross Giving Day on Thursday, April 21. People can #help1family who has lost everything to a disaster by participating. Giving Day is a one-day fundraising campaign supporting the Red Cross mission to help people in need of emergency support. People can support the effort by visiting the Giving Day website, enter their information, and their gift will be on its way to helping people in need.