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Local Red Cross Volunteer Deploys to Georgia Following Devastating Storms

American Red Cross Volunteer from Quad Cities Headed to Georgia to Help Storm Victims

MOLINE, IL, January 23, 2017--The American Red Cross is on the ground providing shelter, food, relief supplies and other support to help people across the country after a tumultuous weekend of severe weather. Dozens of tornadoes and severe weather left a path of destruction in areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida over the weekend. In addition, southern California has been hit with another storm, bringing heavy rains, increased risk for landslides and leaving thousands without power. 

Sandra Keller, a Red Cross volunteer from the Quad Cities area, is deploying to Georgia to assist with the Red Cross disaster response. Sandra is a trained mental health volunteer and will be part of the health services team providing support to those affected by the devastating storms. This is Sandra’s first disaster deployment with the Red Cross.

Sandra joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in March of 2016 and in addition to helping with disaster response, Sandra serves as a Red Cross Community Outreach Volunteer working with our military members and their families. Sandra’s husband, Ken Keller, has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2010.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. 

With the threat of more severe weather, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature, which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The Emergency App is available free in app stores for smartphones and tablets, by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. 


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