St. Louis Area Red Cross Volunteers Deploying for Disaster Relief

The American Red Cross is known for its disaster relief & emergency management efforts.

Three volunteers from the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region are leaving for Hattiesburg, MS to help in disaster relief efforts following this weekend’s severe weather.

Lynne Badolato of St. Peters, and Katharine Mayne of Columbia, MO, will assist in client casework. They will work with the displaced clients to ensure their immediate needs are being met. Roy Sweet of West Frankfort, IL will help provide meals to those in need.

On Sunday, the South experienced severe weather, with Mississippi being the hardest hit. Tornadoes damaged homes, businesses as well as the Red Cross chapter in Hattiesburg, along with one of its emergency vehicles. The Red Cross has mobilized more than 100 trained workers to provide food, water and emergency supplies like clean-up kits and toiletry kits.

Another volunteer from the Greater St. Louis Region is deploying to New York to assist in the relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy. This is the third deployment to Sandy relief for Bob Whitlow, of Belleville, IL. He will be helping in the warehouse to assist with the distribution of disaster supplies.

More than three months since Superstorm Sandy’s landfall, nearly 700 Red Cross workers are on the ground in New York. They are providing meals and helping people get assistance with home repairs, rent, utility deposits, and connecting them with social service programs.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region: Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, approximately 2,000 volunteers serve the city of St. Louis and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. Representing 96 percent of the workforce, they teach lifesaving classes, help prepare for and respond to disasters, help veterans, military members and their families, and support blood drives. Along with our generous donors, volunteers make it possible to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs and how you can help, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.