Six volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have been deployed to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Alabama, following tornadoes in the eastern portion of the state and flooding in northern Alabama.
The volunteers involved include Joyce Alexander, of Rochester Community Partnerships, and Sarah Perkins, of Pittsford Disaster, deployed to North Alabama; and Charlene Hanson, of Niagara Falls Disaster Mental Health, Paula Hueber, of Syracuse Disaster Health Services, David Ruston, of Binghamton Disaster Mental, and Deb Thompson, Lima Disaster Spiritual, deployed to East Alabama.
The American Red Cross has more than 100 disaster workers on the ground, helping people impacted by these deadly storms. These tornadoes badly damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving hundreds of residents homeless or displaced.
The Red Cross helped with damage assessment and opened a shelter and emergency aid stations where people affected by the storm can receive health services such as blood pressure checks and help replacing eyeglasses and access to relief supplies.
The Red Cross is working closely with government and community partners, such as the Salvation Army and United Way and local faith-based organizations to coordinate relief efforts.
So far, more than 3,000 meals and snacks have been served. Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers have provided more than 350 disaster mental health and health services contacts. The Red Cross also has 15 emergency response vehicles in the region,
distributing food and relief supplies.