Local Volunteers Assist after Colorado Flooding

Local Volunteers Assist after Colorado Flooding - Dr. Bipin Shah

Dr. Bipin Shah is offering Red Cross Health Services to Colorado residents in need.Crystal and JoAnn Stowell fled their Longmont, Colorado home when floodwaters threatened.

“We anticipate more volunteers deploying over the next several weeks.” - Kelly Anderson, Response Personnel Manager, Los Angeles Region

The Red Cross Los Angeles Region has sent 7 volunteers to help flood victims in Colorado. These disaster relief volunteers help provide food, shelter, supplies, health and mental health services to residents who have been forced out of their homes.

Volunteers from the Los Angeles Region include: Bobbie Stoll, Disaster Mental Health Manager; Manny Castro and Sam Frankl, Logistics Facility Supervisors; William Bence, Government Liason Supervisor; Phillip Wendel, Public Affairs Service Associate; Carmela Burke, Public Affairs Manager; and Carla Kabaniec, Client Casework Supervisor. Our volunteers join more than 760 trained Red Cross disaster workers in supporting shelters and relief centers.

“We anticipate more deployments will continue over the next several weeks,” said Kelly Anderson, Response Personnel Manager, Los Angeles Region.

On Wednesday, shelters in Colorado housed more than 400 people. With community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 13,000 meals and snacks. Red Cross workers have also provided more than 2,640 health and mental health services including emotional support and replacing prescriptions, medications, and eyeglasses.

In addition, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 24 emergency response vehicles and 17 truck loads of relief supplies including personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, rakes, tarps, shovels, flashlights, gloves, coolers and insect repellant to help people get back on their feet. More than 2,700 items have been distributed to flood victims.

Due to the flood damage, many communities remain difficult to access. As evacuated 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.

To help support the Red Cross relief effort in Colorado, donations can be made online at redcross.org or by calling (800) RED-CROSS or (800) 733-2767.

An automatic $10 donation can be made by sending a text to 90999.

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