Friday, June 19, 2015

Red Cross to Distribute Clean-Up Kits in Newfield Saturday

Volunteers distribute cleanup kits in Wyoming County
earlier this week
Volunteers from the American Red Cross will be distributing water, food, snacks and clean-up kits in Newfield Saturday to help those affected by recent flooding. The Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) will be arriving at the Newfield Fire House on Main Street in Newfield between 9am-9:30am Saturday, June 20.

The approximately 50 clean up kits  include mops, buckets, bleach and more to help residents as they clean up after the recent storms. Volunteers will also be distributing bottles of water, heater meals and other snacks.

After last weekend’s storms, Red Cross volunteers opened a shelter in the Tompkins County town of Newfield, where 12 people spent Sunday night. Four families spent Sunday Night at a Red Cross shelter in the Tioga County town of Spencer, and reception centers were opened at the Bradford School and Odessa Fire Department in Schuyler County. The Red Cross has distributed dozens of cleanup kits in Ontario and Wyoming Counties, and remains in contact with emergency officials from across the 26-County Western and Central New York Region and remains on standby to launch an additional response should conditions worsen.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Volunteers Deploying to help in Flooding, Wildfire Relief Efforts

Two volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are deploying this week to assist in American Red Cross relief efforts across the country.

Lorraine Morris of Bath, NY is deploying to Alaska Friday, where she will serve in Disaster Services Technology/Computer Operations in the response to recent wildfires. 

Herbert Wolfe of Rochester traveled to Louisiana Thursday to serve as Disaster Assessment Manager in the flood relief efforts. Wolfe will take teams into some of the hardest hit areas to assess the need and make sure relief is provided where it is needed most.
Lockport, NY's Diane Sargent in Oklahoma in May 2015

Across the country, relentless rain and raging wildfires have forced people from their homes, and the Red Cross is there providing support and comfort. Just this week alone, the Red Cross has helped people in 14 states affected by floods and wildfires.  Almost 250 people impacted by the flooding and fires spend Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters in Texas, Alaska, California, Arizona, Indiana and Idaho. Over the past few weeks, more than 2,790 trained Red Cross workers have served more than 590,000 meals and snacks, distributed 150,000 relief items and opened more than 85 shelters, providing 3,400 shelter stays.

HOW TO HELP A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide food, water and shelter for someone who has to leave their home. Help people affected by disasters like floods, wildfires and other emergencies by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

DOWNLOAD THE EMERGENCY APP The Red Cross “Emergency” app can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, including flooding and wildfires. You can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to