Friday, October 7, 2016

Colorado and Wyoming Volunteers Deploy to Aid Hurricane Evacuation

Colorado and Wyoming Volunteers Continue to Support Hurricane Matthew Relief

Update:Oct, 13, 2016
As of Thursday morning, October 13, the Colorado and Wyoming Red Cross has sent more than 30 volunteers to support the relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew. In addition, three emergency response vehicles (ERV) were sent. Most of the Colorado and Wyoming volunteers are in North Carolina helping with the ongoing flood problems in that state.

Sarah and Edgar Jacobs were rescued from the home and
went to the Red Cross shelter. Photo by American Red Cross
Here are the overnight shelter numbers for the Hurricane Matthew response. While the numbers are slowly declining the need for help continues.

Across four states, more than 3,200 people stayed in 61 Red Cross and community shelters Wednesday night:

·         In North Carolina, 39 shelters with more than 2,600 people
·         In South Carolina, 14 shelters with 437 people
·         In Georgia, 4 shelters with 123 people

·         In Florida, 4 shelters with 40 people 

Gerald Hargrove left his home with only the clothes
 on his back, and was upset by the “mess that my home is”
 when he evacuated to come to the shelter. Photo
American Red Cross
Since the disaster response began, the Red Cross has mobilized 3,000 disaster workers, 155 emergency response vehicles—nearly half of our fleet—and more than 100 trailers filled with water, ready-to-eat meals, cots, blankets, kitchen items, cleaning supplies, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, coolers and more. More volunteers, vehicles and supplies are being mobilized now to supplement relief efforts.

The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate response efforts to ensure people receive the help they need as quickly as possible.

In Haiti more than 200 American Red Cross staff—about 80 percent of whom are Haitian nationals—are helping to distribute immediate relief supplies to the more than 61,000 displaced residents. To address the increasing threat of cholera, the American Red Cross will target cholera-prevention kits to medical facilities.

Sally Bumgardner came to the Red Cross shelter because
she wanted to help. She stayed at the shelter and helped
the Red Cross help her community. Photo American Red Cross
Given the extent of the damage and the continued difficultly in reaching several of the affected areas, the American Red Cross is also playing a key coordination role with local authorities and international humanitarian organizations to ensure life-saving support and supplies reach all those in need as soon as possible. Generators and telecommunications equipment to augment our support capabilities arrived in Haiti on October 8; additional relief supplies, such as water purification products, shelter kits, and mosquito nets are being procured locally and internationally.

More information about the Hurricane Matthew relief effort is on our website at redcross.orgLearn more about the Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew here.

The American Red Cross needs your support to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

More Colorado and Wyoming Assets Deploying for Hurricane Matthew Relief
Emergency Response Vehicles Rolling out on Monday

Denver, Sunday, October 09, 2016 - As Hurricane Matthew continued its path of destruction up the southeast coast, the American Red Cross expanded its massive sheltering effort to span five states. More than 13,400 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia woke up Sunday morning in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters.

Across five states, more than 13,400 people woke up Sunday morning in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters:
·        In North Carolina, 80 evacuation shelters with over 4,000 people
·         In South Carolina, 61 evacuation shelters with over 4,500 people
·         In Georgia, 34 evacuation shelters with 4,500 people
·         In Florida, 72 evacuation shelters with more than  340 people
·         In Virginia, one evacuation shelter with 25 people

Colorado and Wyoming Red Cross Disaster Responders Step Up to Help
To support the response and recovery effort the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming will be sending people and equipment to the affected region.
An ERV supports disaster relief with
meals and supplies. Photo by
Arnett Luce/American Red Cross

Three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) will depart Monday, October 10, at 9:30 A.M. from the Mile High Area office, 444 Sherman St., Denver, along with six crew members. The vehicles and teams will travel to Durbin, GA to support the delivery of food and supplies to those neighborhoods hardest hit by the hurricane.

By the end of the day Monday, the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming will have activated 22 people to support the relief effort. Many f those will serve to help people in the shelters. Others will be doing support work such as food and supply delivery, resource management, asset protection, logistics, emotional support and health services, client casework and community partnership coordination. One of those volunteers activated will be serving virtually from Denver to support social media activities.

Where are they going?
North Carolina – 1
South Carolina – 2
Georgia – 6 plus three ERVs

Florida – 13

Shelter YouTube videos are available at:

Latest Red Cross News Release is at:

Workers will bring help to those avoiding disaster as Hurricane Matthew hits Southeast U.S.

Denver, Thursday, October 6, 2016 The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster volunteers to Florida to aide in the evacuation efforts in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.
A Red Cross volunteer comforts a child (stock photo/
American Red Cross

Christina Eyre deployed to Florida Tuesday, Oct. 4, to work as shelter support with more specific duties to be assigned upon arrival. Eyre is from Denver and is a volunteer with the Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross in Colorado. 

Hannah Price is a volunteer with the Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross in Colorado out of Littleton, CO. Price deployed on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to Orlando, Florida to assist with shelters.

Sylvia Raumaker deployed to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to provide support for shelters with more duties to be assigned. Raumaker is a member of the Wyoming Red Cross chapter and resides in Jackson, Wyoming.

Dennis Hoyt is deployed as a government liaison in Florida for Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Hoyt is a long-time volunteer from Walsenburg, CO who has deployed a number of occasions including the Texas Floods of 2016.  

Rubin Marez will deploy to Georgia to work with the logistics operation of the disaster response. Rubin is from Loveland, CO and has been a long time volunteer with the Northern Colorado Chapter.

Phillip Pallone is from Fort Collins and volunteers with the Northern Colorado Chapter. He will deploy to Florida to serve as a supervisor at one of the shelters.

Catherine Leventhal will deploy virtually remaining in her home to help monitor and communicate via social media. Catherine has been a long time volunteer with the Mile High Chapter.


The best way to help with the response to Hurricane Matthew is to give a financial donation. The Red Cross depends on donation to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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