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Red Cross Kern Chapter Superstorm Sandy Update

Bakersfield, CA November 6th, 2012 –

Local Deployments:

With a tearful family farewell and full media sendoff, Jerry Chavez & Ray Quintana just departed for the Aqueduct Racetrack Staging Area, New York City. The 40+ hour driving time will be well spent getting to know each other. Both are fine men with a strong sense of values and humanitarian spirit. They will represent the Central Valley Region well.

While Ray & Jerry will return in 2-3 weeks, our ERV is likely to remain in the area as long as the need exists.

My thanks to the many staffers – both paid and volunteer—who made this deployment possible.

Leslie L. Wilson

Leslie L. Wilson

Emergency Services Program Manager

Local Responders from the Central Valley On-scene:

Ten deployed to DR 145-13 Hurricane Sandy 10/2012 White Plains NY (Greater NY area)

Thursday, November 1, 2011

  • Elena Abreu: Mass Care/Shelter/Service Associate (Bakersfield Office)
  • Diane Ellison: Mass Care/Shelter/Service Associate (Bakersfield Office)
  • Carolyn Pandol: Mass Care/Shelter/Service Associate (Bakersfield Office)
  • Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Regina Bustamante: Client Services/Health Services/Service Associate (Fresno Office)
  • Gary Bishop: External Relations/Public Affairs/Supervisor (Fresno Office)
  • Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Katrina Poitras: Operations Management/Supervisor (Fresno Office)
  • John Ortiz: ERV 3081 Crew Team (Fresno Office)
  • William (Chris) Theile: ERV 3081 Crew Team (Fresno Office)
  • Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Linda MacLeod: Client Services/Client Case Work/Supervisor (Bakersfield)
  • Veronique Royer: Client Services/Client Case Work/Supervisor (Bakersfield)
  • One deployed to DR 144-13, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Debby Dailey: Client Services/Health Services/Manager (Fresno Office)
  • The American Red Cross is on the ground providing food, shelter, supplies and comfort for people affected by Sandy, and we are preparing for the approaching Nor’easter.

  • Weather experts say those without power should be prepared for cold temperatures in the days ahead. The Red Cross has sent thousands of blankets and hand warmers to New York and New Jersey, and will be supporting some warming centers in the area.
  • Shelters are open throughout the impacted area where people can escape the cold, get a hot meal and get the latest information on help available to them. People who need a safe place to go during this new storm are encouraged to come to a Red Cross shelter. To find a Red Cross shelter, download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
  • In New York City, people can call 3-1-1 or visit for a list of both day and night-time warming centers.
  • This storm could prolong power outages and cause temperatures to drop. It’s important for people check on their neighbors, share what they have and take care of each other as this new storm approaches.
  • An extensive feeding operation is underway to get hot meals to residents in New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York. As we learn about specific neighborhoods in need, we are immediately putting plans in place to provide people with food, water, relief supplies and comfort.

  • Volunteers are providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks in neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Visit for the most current information.
  • While there are formal Red Cross feeding trucks in all the boroughs, including hard-hit Staten Island, we also have rental cars, trucks and any other vehicle we can find to distribute supplies and food in neighborhoods.
  • Working in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, eight kitchens spread across New York and New Jersey are making hot meals.
  • The Red Cross has fixed feeding sites in New York and in New Jersey serving meals today.
  • The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.

  • The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
  • More than 5,400 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies.

    To date, the Red Cross has helped people in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. We have:

  • Served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks
  • Provided more than 23,900 health services and emotional support contacts
  • Handed out more than 91,600 relief items
  • Since Sandy hit, response organizations have provided more than 100,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 57,000 of those overnight stays.

    The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs your help now.

  • To donate visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.
  • Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.