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April 29, 2011, 5:39pm
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SAN ANTONIO -- From the Deep South to West Texas, the American Red Cross is hard at work in multiple states to help people devastated by the recent deadly tornadoes as well as the first responders battling the wildfires.

“The American Red Cross is working night and day in many states across the south and in Texas to give people what they need in the wake of this devastating series of tornadoes.” said Mike Bennett, CEO of the San Antonio Area Chapter. “Right now Red Cross volunteers and disaster relief supplies are being sent to these areas from all over the country,” he added.

More than 1,500 people spent the night in multiple Red Cross shelters Thursday night. Red Cross disaster workers, relief supplies, blood products and equipment have been sent into Alabama, along with more than 50 emergency response vehicles. As of today the San Antonio Area Chapter has deployed four volunteers. Two more will depart on Saturday and 35,000 heater meals will be sent to Atlanta from the Red Cross Laredo Branch.

In Val Verde County the wildfires continue to grow and so has the need for additional help from the Red Cross. Today, a second Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) was deployed from San Antonio to the Deaton Fire region to support the first responders on site.

“While trying to get food and refreshments to the fire fighters, we found ourselves in a dangerous situation as the flames got bigger and came close to our site,” said David Scarbo, Del Rio Branch manager. “After only two hours we had to evacuate and move to a safer area so we could continue serving those in need,” he said.

High winds, low humidity and dry conditions continue to be the enemy in West Texas while emergency workers fight the wildfires by land and by air.

For those who are affected by a disaster in the U.S., registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website is a way for those in the disaster area to let loved ones know they are safe. Friends and family outside the disaster area can also visit the Safe and Well site to search for messages from their loved ones by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address.

There are several ways to register or look for messages from those affected by a disaster:

· From a computer, visit www.redcross.org and click on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants” link under “How to Get Help.”
· From a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell.
· Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register.

Disaster victims can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website.

The urgent need for financial contributions is critical for us to continue to support these disaster relief responses. All disaster assistance provided by the American Red Cross is free to those being assisted and is made possible through community donations. Your investment is needed so the Red Cross can continue our vital work. With generous donations, we will be able to meet the challenges ahead, together. To make a contribution, go online to: www.saredcross.org -- click on “donate now” or call 1-800-775-6803.

As always, volunteers are needed to assist in disasters. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to assist with future disasters, please visit www.saredcross.org and click “volunteer”.
 


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