Red Cross Director joins Colorado Relief Effort

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We've had flooding here in Findlay, but their experience in Colorado is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Todd James, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties, is joining the ongoing Red Cross flash flood relief effort in Colorado. James will travel to Colorado on Friday, September 27, 2013 and is scheduled to return on October 8, 2013. He will be serving as the Chief of the Public Affairs Team based at the operational headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Earlier this month, a tremendous amount of rain fell in a three-day period causing flash flooding in several counties in Central and Northern Colorado. The rainfall in the Boulder area alone qualified the storm as a 1 in 1,000 year event. Evacuations in Lyons and Boulder were ordered and Red Cross shelters began to open.

In the aftermath of the Colorado floods, the American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, relief supplies, and comfort for families beginning to clean up their homes and the thousands of people who are still evacuated.

  • Nearly 400 people stayed in 14 shelters Wednesday night in Colorado.
  • More than 760 trained Red Cross disaster workers are in Colorado supporting shelters and recovery efforts.
  • The Red Cross has mobilized more than 24 response trucks and more than 17 truckloads of relief supplies including personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, rakes, tarps, shovels, flashlights, gloves, coolers and insect repellant.
  • At local relief centers, the Red Cross is handing out supplies and providing additional recovery support. More than 2,700 items have been given to residents.
  • Working with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 13,000 meals and snacks.
  • Red Cross workers have provided more than 2,640 health and mental health services including emotional support and replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses.
  • 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.
  • The Red Cross is working closely with emergency management officials, the Colorado National Guard, and local community organizations to support shelters and evacuation centers in numerous locations for residents affected by the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing a safe place for people forced to evacuate, as well as blankets, cots, meals and emotional support. The Red Cross is also working with partners such as the Salvation Army to provide food and water for evacuees and emergency responders. In addition, the Red Cross is providing support at a number of community-run evacuation points and shelters.

    “The damage caused by this flooding is immense,” said James. “We have, of course, had our own experiences with major flooding here in Hancock County, but their experience in Colorado is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This is going to be an extensive relief effort and the Red Cross is going to be there for the long haul to help the thousands of families devastated by this disaster.”

    Earlier this year, James traveled to Moore, Oklahoma as part of the Red Cross response to tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City area.

    You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org/donate or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.