March 18, 2016

Red Cross workers deploy to southern states

The New Hampshire/Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying two individuals to fill needed positions in response to the devastating flooding and tornados in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Red Cross staffer Dan Lavilette of Burlington leaves for Alexandria, LA to work as a Client Casework Manager on Saturday. Dan will lead a team of Red Cross caseworkers meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and connect them with resources. In some situations, the Red Cross is providing direct financial support to people who need extra help.

Additionally, Red Cross volunteer Lynne Bernard of Bedford, NH is deploying to Beaumont, TX, as a Disaster Assessment Supervisor. Lynne will work in communities assessing damage that will begin the process of assistance for affected properties.

They join Red Cross workers from across the country who have been deployed to these southern states in response to the devastating floods and tornadoes. Their deployment will each be approximately 2 weeks.

Hundreds of Red Cross workers have been mobilized to Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi where thousands of people have been forced from their homes. An area of approximately 100,000 square miles – roughly the size of Colorado – is at risk for severe flooding. The Red Cross is coordinating closely with state and local officials to ensure people get the help they need. More than 430 people spent Wednesday night in 22 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

This has been a difficult time for many families – Red Cross disaster mental health workers have been deployed to help people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses.

Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has provided 2,100 overnight stays in 55 shelters, served 36,500 meals and snacks, and distributed 15,400 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org/NHVT, call 1-800-464-6692.

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