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Erie Red Cross Deploying Two Volunteers to Michigan

Jeanne Snyder, Donna Brown Will Drive Emergency Response Vehicle to Grand Rapids

ERIE, Pa. – The American Red Cross is continuing to help people affected by the tragic events in Boston and Texas while also providing relief to people in the Midwest whose communities are inundated with flood waters.

The local Red Cross is doing its part to assist in these national relief efforts and has deployed Jeanne Snyder of Wattsburg and Donna Brown of Erie to Grand Rapids, Mich. Snyder and Brown will drive the local Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) out to Grand Rapids this evening.

As part of their roles in Michigan, Snyder and Brown will take the ERV into affected communities to deliver meals and clean-up supplies to those in need. Their roles may expand into other areas as needed.

MIDWEST FLOODING In the Midwest, more than 240 people spent Friday night in 31 Red Cross and community shelters where flooding has caused heavy damage. Workers are providing food, shelter, emotional support and health services to those affected. The Red Cross has additional volunteers, shelters and supplies on standby to support people forced from their homes by flood waters and we will be providing help for days to come.

MARATHON BOMBINGS Even though the manhunt has ended in Boston, Red Cross workers continue to assist people in need. They are supporting a family assistance center in coordination with local officials. To date, more than 200 workers have served more than 14,000 meals and snacks, handed out hundreds of relief items like blankets and comfort kits and provided 1,300 mental health and health services to those in need. Red Cross Blood Services has provided about 550 blood products to several hospitals in the Boston area.

WEST TEXAS EXPLOSION Red Cross workers are also providing food, water, emotional support, health services and relief items like comfort kits to those affected by the explosion in West, Texas. During the next few days, Red Cross workers are coordinating with local officials to open and support a joint assistance center to provide resources for those affected. The Red Cross has also shipped 250 blood products to hospitals in the area to help the injured.

HOW TO HELP The Red Cross is helping people across a large region of the country affected by these disasters. Those who would like to help can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief at or by testing REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Those who want to make a donation to directly support the Boston Marathon bombing victims can visit

Right now, the Red Cross has enough blood on hand to help patients in Texas and Boston. However, patients need blood every day and those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to schedule a donation appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting

STEPS TO HELP COPE This has been a difficult week for people all across the country with horrifying events, dramatic and emotional news reports and severe weather happening across the country. In these times, it is important for people to connect with and support each other and do something that makes them feel prepared for future disasters.

The Red Cross has information people can use to cope in the aftermath of these tragedies. For free counseling or support, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Getting oneself and one’s loved ones more prepared for disasters can bring peace of mind. Taking an action like downloading the Red Cross first aid app, taking a first aid class or building a disaster supply kit can help someone feel empowered to face future emergencies.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at