Four additional Southern Minnesota American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the East Coast to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which has devastated large portions of the Northeast. Volunteers are going New Jersey and New York as soon as transportation arrangements can be made. The four who were deployed today bring Southern Minnesota’s total to fourteen volunteers.
Tom Lee of Winona will be working as a supervisor in government relations. He will be coordinating Red Cross services with local, state and federal government partners and agencies to help use available resources as efficiently as possible. He will also supervise other Red Cross volunteers who are filling similar roles.
Don Hrdina of Rochester will be helping with disaster mental health. He will be providing crisis intervention, mental health screening and assessment, and emotional care and support for people who have experienced damages and loss from the storm.
Diane Hodge of Rochester will be volunteering as a supervisor in a Red Cross shelter. She will help to coordinate the feeding and sheltering of people who Sandy has displaced, as well as supervising other volunteers in the shelter.
John Davidson of Canby will provide assistance in health services. He will be available to meet disaster-caused emergency needs such as medications, medical equipment, treatment and health recovery information.
Hurricane Sandy has affected much of the eastern half of the United States. Wednesday night, more than 7,000 people spent the night in 115 Red Cross shelters in 9 states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Ohio. The response by the Red Cross and many other agencies is expected to be massive, lengthy and widespread. The need for shelters may actually increase as shelters run by cities or counties start to close and divert clients to Red Cross shelters in the days and weeks to come.
People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone. Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.