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Local Disaster Worker to Deploy to Alabama

SAN DIEGO, April 28, 2011 – Cruz Ponce, Manager of Community Response Programs for the SD/IC chapter of American Red Cross, is being deployed within the next 24 hours to Alabama, where Governor Robert Bentley has activated National Guard troops to help in the devastated areas. Cruz is being deployed as a community partnerships supervisor where he will act as a Red Cross liaison with non-governmental community partners in the affected area.

Red Cross chapters closest to the affected states have responded by sending disaster workers, materials, and equipment into the state. Currently, nearly 40 emergency response vehicles are on the way, along with 25,000 ready-to-eat meals. Red Cross Blood Services is moving hundreds of blood products into the area and Red Cross nurses and mental health workers are being deployed to help people cope with the aftermath of this disaster.

Currently, more than 1,600 people sought refuge in 65 Red Cross shelters Wednesday night as the storms forced them from their homes. Red Cross shelters are open in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas.

Those who want to help the people affected by these disasters, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. There are three easy ways that people can help.


Call (858) 309-1278

Mail a check to the American Red Cross, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, Ca 92130. The donation should be marked "National" if the donor wishes the funds to be earmarked for the National Disaster Relief Fund.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit