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Red Cross Volunteer Deployments to Southeast

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Wednesday, May 12, 2010 —Tornadoes in Oklahoma have increased the need for more help in the Southeast and a volunteer from the Finger Lakes Chapter is heeding the call. Stephen Brown, Waterloo resident deployed to Oklahoma this morning, Thursday, May 13. He left at 7:30 a.m. out of the Greater Rochester International Airport. Brown will help with financial and statistical support, which includes reporting Red Cross service delivery statistics. This is the fourth volunteer from the Finger Lakes Region to deploy.“Spring storms continue to ravage the southeast and the American National Red Cross is requesting additional volunteers to respond,” said Leighton Jones, Director of Disaster & Emergency Services at the Greater Rochester Red Cross. “Nearly 1,200 American Red Cross workers, three of which are from the Greater Rochester Chapter, are helping hundreds of people impacted by last week’s flooding and tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Oklahoma is now added to the list since the recent tornadoes affected hundreds more lives.” American Red Cross Finger Lakes Region Deployments1. Dan Wiesmore, Churchville resident, Greater Rochester Chapter Damage AssessmentVolunteer deployed to Tennessee2. Dr. Alvani Santos, Brighton resident, Greater Rochester Chapter Health Services Volunteer deployed to Tennessee3. Dr. Alan Roach, Honeoye Falls resident, Greater Rochester Chapter Mental Health Volunteer, deployed to Mississippi4. Stephen Brown, Waterloo resident, Finger Lakes Chapter Financial & Statistical Support Volunteer, deploying to Oklahoma The Greater Rochester Red Cross is a Regional Chapter. Six Chapters make up the Finger Lakes Region, which are: Greater Rochester Chapter, Finger Lakes Chapter, Clara Barton #1 Chapter, Northern Livingston Chapter, Wayne County Chapter, and Yates County Chapter. Clean-up efforts are underway and Red Cross teams from 37 different states are providing food, a safe place to stay, clean-up items, toiletries, blankets, shovels, rakes, gloves, trash bags and other necessities. Damage is widespread with people needing everything from immediate emergency assistance to help with the clean-up, according to Joe Becker, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “This is a tough response and people have been through a lot,” Becker said. “This operation is going to go on for weeks. It’s our job to make sure people’s needs are met.” The Red Cross has already served more than 100,000 meals and snacks to people across the five states. Two Southern Baptist kitchens are in Tennessee, in Nashville and Jackson, with a combined capacity of serving 10,000 meals a day. More than 45 Red Cross response vehicles are in the affected areas with more on the way, delivering food and clean-up items throughout the damaged neighborhoods. Thousands are still without power. Roadways and bridges are destroyed. People returning to their homes are finding they’ve lost everything. Tennessee is the hardest hit. In Nashville alone, officials estimate this week’s flooding caused over $1 billion in damages. Tennessee Governor Phil Gredesen has declared 52 of the state’s 95 counties as disaster areas. If you would like to help, there are three ways that people can make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Visit redcross.org to donate online, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.For updates including photos and video footage, visit the American Red Cross Disaster Online Newsroom: http://newsroom.redcross.org/ Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to help.For more information on the local efforts and response contact Nadine Krimow at the Greater Rochester Red Cross, 585-370-1834 or nadinek@grcarc.org

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