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Local Volunteer Deploys To Mississippi To Assist Tornado Recovery

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle responding to a Tornado

The American Red Cross Central Valley Region is deploying a local volunteer to Mississippi to assist with recovery efforts following this week’s deadly storms.

Volunteer Mary Ann Murphy from Mariposa County will be leaving from San Francisco today for an approximately 2 – 3 week deployment. She will be assisting with Disaster Services Technology by helping with desk equipment like phones and computers.

The American Red Cross is responding across the South and Midwest to help people affected by the massive storm system that has destroyed neighborhoods and left thousands without power. Red Cross workers are providing health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected states as weather conditions permit.

People are encouraged to download the free Red Cross tornado app for up to date information on shelters and warnings, as well as visit to register or look for loved ones who may be affected.

While local Red Cross offices remain ready to assist families affected by recent tornadoes, they continue to help with local disasters on a daily basis. Red Cross volunteers in the Fresno area have assisted over 22 families affected by home fires in the last week alone.

In addition to responding to home fires every 15 hours, the local Red Cross assists military families every seven hours, and educates families on preparedness skills an average of every 27 minutes.
About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people. For more information, please visit