Mississippi Red Cross Volunteer Helping in Colorado

I’m looking forward to going back to Colorado and helping with response and relief efforts, said Kocurek.

American Red Cross volunteers from across the nation are responding to the Colorado flooding disaster. One Mississippi volunteer is scheduled to deploy tomorrow, with more deployments anticipated in the coming days and weeks.

Red Cross volunteers and staff members train throughout the year to provide specific services based on their skill sets and interests. The Mississippi Red Cross often shares its resources of dedicated volunteers and staff with other areas when the need arises, along with other Red Cross Chapters around the country. The following Mississippi Red Crosser is currently deploying to Colorado, honoring her commitment to help those in need.

Cheryl Kocurek from Corinth, Mississippi, will serve as assistant director of disaster response operations. Kocurek is an eight-year Red Cross veteran who started as a volunteer in 2005. Currently, she works as the Readiness and Response Manager for the Northeast Mississippi Chapter. She has 21 deployments to her credit, 17 in state and four out-of-state. Her most recent out-of-state assignment was last year in Boulder, where she helped with the Colorado wildfire relief effort.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Colorado and helping with response and relief efforts,” said Kocurek. “I made a lot of friends in that community as well as the local Red Cross chapter last year while working the wildfires.”

Kocurek will depart for Boulder from the Memphis Airport early tomorrow morning.

How the Red Cross is Helping:

We are in the very early stages of what will be a long disaster relief and recovery process for the people of Colorado. The American Red Cross is committed to providing for the immediate emergency needs of those affected. Below is a snapshot of Red Cross activities so far.

• As many as 500 people stayed in 14 shelters Monday night in Colorado.

• More than 400 trained disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers.

• The Red Cross has mobilized more than 20 response vehicles and six truckloads of relief supplies.

• Working with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 10,000 meals and snacks.

• Red Cross workers have provided more than 1,700 health and mental health services for those affected.

In the days to come, the Red Cross will be supporting Disaster Assistance Centers by offering relief supplies and other recovery support. The Red Cross continues to work closely with local emergency management officials and the Colorado National Guard to help ensure people get the help they need. Access to some communities is difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As flooded areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute clean-up supplies and support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months. We’re already planning for that effort now.

How You Can Help:

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief:

• Visit www.redcross.org

• Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

• Call 1-800-RED CROSS

Financial contributions may also be sent to the local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/mississippi.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of 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/mississippi, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

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