• 12 Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Help in Texas Disaster

    Twelve local American Red Cross volunteers – Mike Fyfe and Steve Mouw of Aptos, Russell Cole of Boulder Creek, SherryLynn Key of Brookdale, Bonnie Ricci of Capitola, David Pellett of Carmel Valley, David Kulbarsh of La Selva Beach, Richard Crosley, RosieLee Crosley, and Ellen Dellamore of Santa Cruz, Carolee Curtin of Scotts Valley and Devinder Khanna of Watsonville – are headed to Texas provide disaster relief to those affected by the severe storms that pounded the​ region​. They join 28 other Red Cross volunteers who have been deployed from this region to provide disaster relief.

    Though the rain has finally stopped in Texas, flooding is still a danger as rivers continue to rise. Officials estimate about 8,000 homes are affected. Thousands have lost everything and the American Red Cross is with them, providing food, relief supplies and comfort.

    “The operations here and in Oklahoma are our largest and most complex since Hurricane Sandy, “ notes Richard Reed, Red Cross Senior Vice President of Disaster Cycle Services. “It’s not just the size that makes it complicated, but the drawn-out nature of the event. So far it’s affected nearly every part of this large state, including both urban and rural areas.”

    More than 2,100 Red Cross workers have been working around the clock in Texas since early May, serving more than 63,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 47,000 relief items and providing more than 2,000 overnight stays in shelters. On Sunday, more than 155 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters in Texas. 45 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling through the impacted communities, distributing food, water and more than 47,000 relief supplies. Red Cross mobile kitchens are preparing meals and workers have served more than 63,000 meals and snacks.


    People across the Great Plains need help now. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


    An average of 90% of Red Cross workers are volunteers. By empowering individuals to help their neighbors when they need it most, we strengthen our community and make it more resilient to disasters large and small. If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.


    To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download the new American Red Cross Emergency App. This app gives instant access to customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies, all in one free and easy to use app. In addition, the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App helps children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn emergency preparedness while playing a game as monster characters. These Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.

    About the American Red Cross of the Central Coast

    The American Red Cross of the Central Coast is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from the residents and companies of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties to provide services and programs that help our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at redcross.org/centralcoast or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 1, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News


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