Local Oklahoma Red Cross Sending Assistance to Colorado

Oklahoma City - The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma will be sending five volunteers to Colorado to assist with flooding relief efforts. More volunteers could be deployed based on needs in Colorado.

The volunteers are deploying from the Norman area, Duncan, Enid, Oklahoma City and Stillwater. The region is also sending all three of its national Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV).

“After our May storms and tornadoes, over 2,000 volunteers from across the country came to Oklahoma to help,” said regional CEO Janienne Bella. “Now it’s our turn to pay it forward.”

One volunteer will act as the damage assessment manager. In this role, he will oversee the efforts of Red Cross volunteers going out to flooded neighborhoods to get an idea of the damage. The Red Cross uses this information when it meets with individuals and clients during casework to determine needs and assistance.

The other two volunteers will be taking one of the response vehicles. These are the trucks used by volunteers to deliver drinks, snacks, meals and supplies to residents in flooded areas. After the Oklahoma tornadoes, 45 of these vehicles were sent to the state to help provide these services.

Red Cross deployments are for a minimum of two weeks but can be longer if the volunteer chooses.

HOW TO HELP People across the flooded areas need help now. The Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and needs the continued support of the public to help those affected. People can make a donation to support 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 someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more about 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. To learn more go online to www.redcross.org/okc.

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