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Red Cross Prepares to Deploy Disaster Mental Health Volunteer to New York

Bakersfield, CA, November 9th, 2012 – The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is pleased to announce that they will be deploying Ric Johnson today, November 9th, to assist those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Ric will be available at the Red Cross Chapter at approximately 3pm while he is completing his predeployment paperwork.

He will serve as a Disaster Mental Health Associate. In this position he will provide crisis interventions, mental health screening and assessment, emotional care and support, psychosocial education and mobilization.

Thank you Ric Johnson for your generosity to those in need!

FINANCIAL DONATIONS NEEDED “The Red Cross response to Sandy is very large and will be very costly, affecting a massive area spanning much of the eastern half of the country. We need the public’s help now,” said Shimanski.

Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text 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.