Arkansas Disaster Responders Help Colorado Flood Victims

"Our Disaster Responders' experience spans from providing care to Arkansans affected by residential fires and tornadoes, to the recent floods that killed five persons in Scott County this past May, to the Oklahoma tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy.”

– Disaster Responders from the American Red Cross in Arkansas have been deployed to Colorado to provide emotional support for residents coping with the trauma of a week of flash floods and evacuations.

“The three Responders are trained professionally as mental health workers,” stated Roger Elliott, State Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross in Arkansas. “Their Red Cross experience spans from providing care to Arkansans affected by residential fires and tornadoes, to the recent floods that killed five persons in Scott County this past May, to the Oklahoma tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy.”

The American Red Cross in Arkansas remains on alert to provide additional Responders with specific specialties as needed. “This is an evolving response,” stated Elliott. “Our volunteers are ready to go with a 24 hour notice to help neighbors in Colorado.” According to the Colorado National Guard, this disaster is requiring the largest water rescue of Americans since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 1,250 people stayed in shelters as of Saturday night.

For persons trying to locate loved ones that may have been displaced by Colorado floods visit redcross.org/Arkansas safeandwell. For Arkansans wanting to help this enormous response, call 1-800-REDCROSS, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or visit redcross.org/Arkansas.

As all Arkansas counties are vulnerable to flood, safety can be found here. For more safety and disaster tips please visit redcross.org/arkansas; like us on Facebook and follow us on https://twitter.com/ArkRedCross

About the American Red Cross in Arkansas:

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 redcross.org/arkansas, redcross.org or follow us on Twitter@ArkRedCross.