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Chapter Deploys Volunteers to Provide Disaster Relief

Santa Cruz, CA (May 4, 2014) The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter deployed their first two local volunteers to Mississippi and Alabama to provide support and comfort to those affected by the tornado and Spring storms. Richard Puccinelli of Hollister was deployed yesterday to provide logistical help in Mississippi and Diane Brayman will deploy this evening to provide disaster mental health relief to affected families and responders. This is Diane’s first deployment.

As of Friday, the Red Cross is providing comfort and hope across 13 states to help people affected by devastating floods and tornadoes. Red Cross workers are helping people in Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and North Carolina. People who need to find a shelter can contact their local Red Cross chapter or access the Red Cross shelter map on This map is updated every 30 minutes with shelter locations by address, city, state and/or zip code.

Nearly 60 Red Cross emergency vehicles are handing out meals, snacks, and relief supplies in the hardest hit communities as road conditions permit. More than 1,200 Red Cross workers have served nearly 79,000 meals and snacks, provided 870 overnight stays in shelters, and handed out more than 11,700 essential relief items to people in need. Volunteers are also helping to replace prescription medications and eyeglasses.

This is one of the largest disasters the Red Cross has experienced recently and additional support is needed now.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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 to prepare for, respond to, and recover from 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.