The American Red
Cross of Northeastern New York is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing food, shelter,
relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by
devastating flash flooding and are asking for your support.
have seen first-hand the devastating effects flooding can have on a community,"
American Red Cross of Northeastern New York Regional Chief Executive Officer
Gary Striar said. "We are encouraging people to support financially the Red
Cross Disaster Relief Efforts in Colorado."
Cross disaster workers are at the Boulder airport reception center to provide
care and comfort as stranded residents arrive after being airlifted out of
flooded neighborhoods and towns. Sunday night, as many as 1,000 people stayed
in 24 shelters across the state.
Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials, the
Colorado National Guard and community organizations to ensure people get the
help they need. More than 250 trained Red Cross disaster workers are deployed
to Colorado, along with more than 20 emergency response vehicles and six trucks
of relief supplies. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross
has served more than 7,100 meals and snacks.
officials estimate as many as 18,000 homes are affected by the Colorado
flooding. Access to some communities remains difficult due to flood waters and
damaged roads. As these areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to
assess the damage, distribute relief supplies and support a recovery effort
that will take weeks and months.
If you are concerned about a loved one who is living in the affected area you
can check www.safeandwell.org to see if they have listed their status.
To help people affected by disasters like these floods, as well as countless
other crises, people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster
Relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter,
food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. People
can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling
1-800-REDCROSSor texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the
American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY: One of the best ways to take action right
now if you are not personally affected by the flooding is to prepare yourself,
your loved ones and/or your workplace. When you are prepared, you contribute to
your community's ability to withstand and recover from disasters. Find out more
and start making your emergency game plan by visiting www.redcross.org.
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