San Francisco, CA (June 1, 2015) – 11 local American Red Cross volunteers – Colleen Sasso of Daly City, Steven Badolato, Joffrey Balderama, and Pascale Vermont of San Francisco, Virginia Hart of San Pablo, Lynda Hoppenrath of Vallejo, Janice Pierce and Sheila Wolles of Mountain View, Karl Matzke of Palo Alto, and Roxanne Anderson and Jodi Wallace of San Jose – are headed to Texas provide disaster relief to those affected by the severe storms that pounded the region. They join 29 other Red Cross volunteers who have been deployed from this region to provide disaster relief.
Though the rain has finally stopped in Texas, flooding is still a danger as rivers continue to rise. Officials estimate about 8,000 homes are affected. Thousands have lost everything and the American Red Cross is with them, providing food, relief supplies and comfort.
“The operations here and in Oklahoma are our largest and most complex since Hurricane Sandy, “ notes Richard Reed, Red Cross Senior Vice President of Disaster Cycle Services. “It’s not just the size that makes it complicated, but the drawn-out nature of the event. So far it’s affected nearly every part of this large state, including both urban and rural areas.”
More than 2,100 Red Cross workers have been working around the clock in Texas since early May, serving more than 63,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 47,000 relief items and providing more than 2,000 overnight stays in shelters. On Sunday, more than 155 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters in Texas. 45 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling through the impacted communities, distributing food, water and more than 47,000 relief supplies. Red Cross mobile kitchens are preparing meals and workers have served more than 63,000 meals and snacks.