April 19, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
Red Cross Will Send Volunteers to Mississippi and Oklahoma
Springfield, MO – The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross will deploy eight volunteers to assist in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes which destroyed homes and businesses in Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama Arkansas and Mississippi. Seven volunteers will be assigned as caseworkers in Mississippi and will report to Jackson on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. One volunteer will be assigned to Oklahoma and will report to Tulsa.
The eight volunteers assigned to Mississippi and Oklahoma have deployed several times to disaster sites and represented the Red Cross in a highly proficient and professional manner. Cheryl Jackson, Assistant Director of Emergency Services said, “Out of 20 openings for deployment, eight people were chosen from the Greater Ozarks Chapter. National Headquarters will often look to our chapter for leadership because of the training and support we provide.”
It has been a busy spring for the Red Cross. In the last few weeks, Red Cross disaster workers have responded in 20 different states, helping people affected by floods, tornadoes and wildfires.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to get help to people affected by disasters. Please consider making a donation today to help those in need. 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 your local American Red Cross chapter at 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO 65803, 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.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
For more information go to www.redcross.org