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American Red Cross Responding To Severe Weather Events in NM

*Due to severe weather events across New Mexico, volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in New Mexico are responding to flooding issues in three New Mexico counties at this time. Please see below for a county by county breakdown as of Thursday evening:

Dona Ana County

Vado, NM: 5 people are in the Red Cross shelter tonight. The shelter is at the Community Center.

Eddy County

Carlsbad, NM: The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Leyva Middle School in Carlsbad NM due to flooding and evacuations. 80 evacuees have registered with the shelter. The Red Cross is working with Eddy County Animal Control to house pets of the evacuees. We have partnered with the Southern Baptist Convention, our partners in disaster relief, to augment services tomorrow.

* The Red Cross will continue monitoring conditions throughout New Mexico and working with Emergency Management officials as the rain continues across New Mexico.

*During flooding, the Red Cross reminds everyone not to cross flowing water on roadways to “Turn Around-Don’t Drown.” If thunder roars-go indoors. Helpful Red Cross smart phone apps can be downloaded from Google Play and the iStore. Look for first aid, tornado, wildfire and earthquake.

*Donations to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may be made on line at redcross.org/newmexico or by calling 1-800REDCROSS.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097