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Ten Local Volunteers Deployed to Florida

SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 24, 2012) – The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is sending ten volunteers to Miami and Tampa, Florida to help as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to move through the Caribbean with possible landfall in Florida on Sunday or Monday.

Leaving today are local residents: Leonard Davis of Live Oak, Margaret Joan Cunningham, Ellen Dellamora and Alan Mayfield of Santa Cruz, Howard Yancey of Felton, Thomas Cundiff of Santa Clara, Craig Jenni and Devinder Khanna of Watsonville, Jann McCord of San Jose, and Rada Ford of Mountain View.

Temasky will provide counseling and emotional support. Rada will provide medical assistance. Weese will be supervising a team of Emergency Response Vehicle drivers. Erk, Ghandehari, Huber, McDonald, Wilde and Matzke will be working in shelters, caring for those who have been evacuated. Pelton and Smith will be assessing damages and planning. These locally trained volunteers will be on disaster assignment for two to three weeks and most have been on disaster assignment before.

The American Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters across Florida, and moving hundreds of trained disaster workers into the state. There are 22 Red Cross emergency response vehicles already in Florida and 28 more are moving into the state in advance of the storm with an additional 78 on stand-by if needed. The Red Cross is mobilizing five truckloads of disaster supplies to send to Florida and Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship emergency supplies if necessary.

“As Isaac travels northward, we’re getting ready to help people in Florida,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “We urge folks who may be in the path of this storm to get prepared too – to check their emergency supplies, finalize their hurricane plans, and listen closely to local officials for updates on the storm.”

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting 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; from a smart phone, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.

About the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Shemaria, Cell: (415) 940-3392,

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