Red Cross Continues Response, Recovery in Southwestern New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM -The American Red Cross in Southwestern New Mexico is working with communities in Dona Ana County, Sierra County and Catron County as residents work to recover from excessive September flooding.

Red Cross workers have ordered cleanup supplies for Berino, Truth or Consequences and Vado, NM. These include:

• 90 rolls of paper towels

• 30 sponge mops

• 30 buckets, 5 gallon

• 30 bottles of all-purpose cleaner

• 30 large sponges

• 30 pairs of disposable rubber gloves

• 30 scrub brushes

• 30 regular brooms

• 30 push brooms

• 30 squeegees

In addition to cleanup supplies the Red Cross has supplied four pallets of water and 20 blankets to La Union.

“Imagine being told to evacuate from your home. What belongings would you take? What would you have to leave behind?” said American Red Cross Advisory Board Member_________________.

For residents in New Mexico this was reality. Heavy rainfall and rising waters caused severe flooding, inundating communities and causing damage to countless homes and businesses. Within moments, the Red Cross in New Mexico opened 12 shelters for families and individuals where over 150 people registered to find safe refuge. More than 900 meals and snacks have been served to date, and 176 comfort kits have been distributed.

While we support shelters, we also continue to respond to the immediate needs of water, clean up kits, relief supplies throughout New Mexico. Red Cross teams of Damage Assessment volunteers continue to work with emergency management agencies to get a deeper understanding of homes that have been damaged or affected. There are some areas that still remain inaccessible. As we wait for the waters to recede our team is working with community partners to develop a recovery plan.

Floods can happen anywhere and at any time with just an inch of flood water causing extensive damage to a home. A gift to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief helps us be there within a moment’s notice to help these communities and to prepare for the next disaster by training volunteers, staging supplies and maintaining our warehouses. It takes weeks, if not months to ensure the emergency caused community needs from flooding are met and The American Red Crosse need your help!

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 the American Red Cross in Southwestern New Mexico at 575-526-2631, 1301. E. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online atwww.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097