American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer Gary Betway is deploying tomorrow morning to assist Colorado families affected by the recent flash flooding. Betway will serve as a case manager at the operational headquarters in Denver, Colorado, assessing client needs, connecting them with available resources, and answering any questions they may have.
In February, he deployed to assist with long term Hurricane Sandy recovery by connecting local families on the East Coast with a variety of resources including food, emotional support, and other long term assistance. Betway is a Monroe, Michigan resident and has been deployed nearly 40 times for service to disaster areas throughout the world. He was deployed over 100 days last year alone.
THE COLORADO RESPONSE
The American Red Cross has mounted a major response to the flooding in Colorado. Red Cross volunteers from around the country are responding to the call for help while families begin to clean up their homes and the thousands of people are still evacuated.
More than 830 Red Cross workers are helping people in Colorado, providing food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support. The Red Cross has provided a total of 3,800 shelter stays for people forced from their homes by the flooding. The Red Cross has served more than 87,000 meals and snacks working in conjunction with The Salvation Army, has handed out more than 111,000 relief items and provided more than 8,200 health and mental health services.
The Red Cross is working closely with local, state, and federal government organizations, emergency management officials during this crisis. The Red Cross is also coordinating with a variety of local community organizations to provide relief including Salvation Army, AmeriCorps, Save the Children, and Operation Hope.
As residents start to go back home, the Red Cross is distributing relief items at Disaster Assistance Centers, Red Cross Emergency Aid Stations, and aboard the 24 Red Cross emergency response vehicles traveling through the region. Red Cross workers are also providing individual recovery support, and health and mental health services.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Red Cross needs the continued support of the public to help those affected by the flooding. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.