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Four Local Volunteers Deployed to Florida

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 24, 2012) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is sending four volunteers to Miami,Tampa and Orlando, Florida to help as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to move through the Caribbean with possible landfall in Florida on Sunday or Monday.

Leaving this week are local residents: Rob Fuller of Redwood City, Jose Perez of Antioch, Debra Puryear of Piedmont and Kimberly Woolley of San Francisco.

Puryear and Woolley will provide counseling and emotional support. Fuller will be supervising a portion of sheltering and feeding operations. Perez will be assessing damages and planning. These locally trained volunteers will be on disaster assignment for two to three weeks and most have been on disaster assignment before.

The American Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters across Florida, and moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into the state. There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida and 28 more are moving into the state in advance of the storm with an additional 78 on stand-by if needed. The Red Cross is mobilizing five truckloads of disaster supplies to send to Florida and Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship emergency supplies if necessary.

“As Isaac travels northward, we’re getting ready to help people in Florida,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “We urge folks who may be in the path of this storm to get prepared too – to check their emergency supplies, finalize their hurricane plans, and listen closely to local officials for updates on the storm.”

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.

The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safe-and-well or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.

About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:

Elizabeth Shemaria

Cell: (415) 940-3392

elizabeth.shemaria@redcross.org

24-Hour Media Hotline: (415) 427-8800