Salinas, CA (July 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is sending a second local volunteer to Montana to join the relief operations. Leaving this week is local resident and Red Cross volunteer Michele Reiners, from Carmel Valley. Reiners will be volunteering as a client caseworker to help people affected by the wildfire in Montana and this will be her first disaster deployment. The American Red Cross has deployed 37 volunteers and employees from the region, which includes San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley, to Colorado, Florida and Montana.
More than 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers continue to help people across the country affected by power outages, wildfires out west and flooding in Florida. Hundreds of people are still unable to go home as wildfires continue to burn in several western states. More than 60 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Almost 650 people spent Wednesday night in 39 Red Cross shelters across 11 states and the District of Columbia.Shelters are open in West Virginia, Montana, Florida, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and around Washington, D.C. Since early June, the Red Cross has supported families across 16 states, operating shelters, serving more than 237,000 meals and snacks and distributing almost 140,000 relief items like rakes, shovels, coolers, work gloves, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits.
“The Red Cross is helping people who have no power during this dangerous heat wave while continuing to feed and shelter people impacted by the wildfires out west and flooding in Florida.” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “We urge people to stay safe and follow the direction of local officials during these emergencies.”
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter
With office locations in Carmel, Salinas and Hollister, the American Red Cross Monterey Bay Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Monterey and San Benito Counties residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/montereybay or call us at 1-831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.