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Local Mental Health Volunteer Deployed

SANTA CRUZ, CA (March 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is deploying a professional, disaster mental health volunteer to Louisville, Kentucky to aid in the large relief operation launched in the Midwest. Leaving tomorrow morning on her fourth deployment with the Red Cross, Santa Cruz resident Jann McCord will be deployed for a minimum of ten days up to three weeks.

McCord will be joining Red Cross mental health workers to help people cope with the devastating things they have had to endure. Health workers are also helping replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the severe storms,” said American Red Cross Santa Cruz Chapter CEO Rita Chick. “We also thank the countless volunteers out helping in this time of need.”

Red Cross workers continue to offer shelter, food, emotional support and relief supplies to the thousands of people affected by last week’s tornadoes.

Shelters are open across several states to provide people with a safe place to stay. Since last Wednesday, the Red Cross has sheltered hundreds of people displaced by tornadoes in 11 states. The Red Cross is also sheltering people in Florida and Michigan because of severe winter weather.

Red Cross emergency vehicles are delivering meals throughout affected communities and in the coming days, relief supplies like shovels, rakes, trash bags, work gloves and tarps will be handed out to help people clean-up their neighborhoods.

If you would like to help people affected by disasters like these tornadoes and storms, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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.

Media Contact: Sharon Tong, Cell: 408-786-8468, sharon.tong@redcross.org

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