More Bay Area Red Cross Volunteers Deployed to Oklahoma

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 1, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is sending three local volunteers to Oklahoma to help people recover in the Midwest after yet another round of devastating tornadoes hit this part of the country Friday.

Leaving over the weekend for Oklahoma are Else Von Schopp of Brentwood, Lindsey McClenahan of San Francisco and Billy White of Fairfield. They join seven other Red Cross workers who have already been deployed from the local region.

More than 1,100 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting shelters, kitchens, community centers and emergency aid stations in the tornado-torn neighborhoods of Moore, Shawnee and other Oklahoma communities, where people can find refuge, food, emotional support, relief supplies, health care services and information about what other help is available. More than 455 people spent Friday night in Red Cross shelters in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, California and Texas.

The Red Cross has emergency response vehicles traveling through the area, distributing food and more than 34,000 relief supplies including pet food, batteries, sunscreen, coolers, buckets, gloves, dust masks, trash bags, flashlights, tarps, shovels, rakes and blankets. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross has provided nearly 182,000 meals and snacks. Red Cross health and mental health workers are working with the Medical Reserve Corps and have made almost 8,000 contacts, providing crisis counseling, spiritual support, first aid and other services like helping people replace prescriptions and items like eyeglasses.

Red Cross caseworkers are helping people with family reunification, funeral assistance, emergency needs and planning their recovery.

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.