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Local Red Cross Volunteer to Help Along Mississippi River

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2011 – Andrea Nichols of La Mesa was deployed this morning as a health services disaster worker to Clinton, Mississippi, where forecasters are predicting potentially catastrophic flooding may occur starting later this week.

The Red Cross is getting ready to launch a prolonged shelter and feeding operation for people living along the Mississippi, sending in disaster workers and pre-positioning thousands of cots, blankets and other relief supplies. Experts are warning that flood waters could remain in areas for as long as two weeks, forcing people to stay in shelters for more than a month.

“Even as we continue to assist thousands of people affected by the recent tornadoes, The Red Cross is preparing for a large disaster response to major flooding along the Mississippi,” said Joe Craver, CEO, The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. “In the coming days and weeks we will need the support of this community to help our neighbors around the country.”

Meanwhile, Red Cross relief efforts are continuing across the South, where deadly tornadoes destroyed or damaged as many as 13,000 homes in recent weeks. The Red Cross estimates the costs of its responses to the April tornadoes, flooding and other disasters since March 31 could reach $31 million—with the response to the Mississippi River flooding expected to drive relief expenses even higher. As of Thursday, May 5, the Red Cross had raised about $16 million for disaster response since March 31.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters like wildfires, floods and tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation, visit www.sdarc.org, call (858) 309-1278 or mail contributions to the American Red Cross, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego/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 the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving 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 www.sdarc.org. Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube.

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