Four Local Volunteers Deployed to Provide Disaster Relief

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 25, 2013)The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is sending three volunteers to assist with the ongoing flooding relief in the Midwest and one other volunteer to assist with the West, TX explosion. Local residents that were deployed are: Erick Digre of Pacifica, Else Von Schopp of Brentwood, and Robert Hewitt and Bill Wilson of Vacaville. They will be assisting with a variety of activities including health services, computer operations and bulk distribution for the next two to three weeks.

MIDWESTERN FLOODING

The American Red Cross is providing relief as floodwaters continue to affect thousands of people across several states in the Midwest. Hundreds of Red Cross workers are providing food, relief supplies, health services, and emotional support to those affected in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. They have served more than 42,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 3,000 relief items like comfort kits, cleaning supplies, buckets and mops. Officials are concerned about heavy rains and flooding occurring to the north, especially in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Millions of sandbags going in along the Red River in Minnesota and North Dakota and Red Cross workers are supporting the efforts. There are additional workers and supplies on standby if needed as flooding continues over the next few weeks.

BOSTON and WEST, TEXAS

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is also supporting people in Boston and West, Texas in the wake of last week’s tragic explosions. In Boston, the Red Cross is supporting people attending memorial vigils as well as those visiting the Family Assistance Center. In West, the Red Cross is operating emergency aid stations to provide food, water, emotional support, health services and relief supplies as people are allowed to return home. Red Cross workers are also supporting a joint assistance center to help provide recovery resources to those affected. In response to these tragedies, the Red Cross has served more than 30,000 meals and snacks, handed out nearly 10,000 relief items, and provided 3,500 mental health and health services contacts.

HOW TO HELP

If someone would like to help people affected by these and other disasters, they can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. There is enough blood available now to help patients in Texas and Boston. Those who are eligible to give blood are strongly encouraged to schedule a donation time in the days and weeks ahead. To schedule a blood donation, people can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Those who want to make a donation to directly support the Boston Marathon bombing victims can visit www.onefundboston.org.

BE PREPARED

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 American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County 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/santacruz or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.