RENO — The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross (NNARC) has deployed nine volunteers to Colorado to support and assist with evacuation shelters for the many residents displaced by the multiple wildfires burning in the state. The volunteers deployed so far are Betsy Morse, Sharon Gordon, Carol Parkhurst and Liz McFarland of Reno; Danel Lipparelli and Rebecca Tackett of Sparks; John Lusk and Nancy Barrett of Incline Village; and Darcy Schumacher of Elko.
After the Fourth of July holiday most likely more volunteers will deploy as the needs for additional support increase. The American Red Cross is helping hundreds of people across the country as wildfires continue to burn in the West and floodwaters from Tropical Depression Debby remain high in Florida.
Thirteen Red Cross shelters were open June 27 in Colorado, Utah and Montana, and the Red Cross continues to provide shelter, meals and emotional support to evacuated residents.
In Colorado, where six shelters were open, 350 trained Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts, and additional truckloads of supplies and more response vehicles are en route to support relief efforts.
The Red Cross is also working closely with partner organizations to support our sheltering and feeding efforts in the West, including AmeriCorps NCCC, Medical Reserve Corps, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the Salvation Army.
Relief efforts in Colorado have been extensive. Since June 9, the Red Cross has:
• Served more than 33,000 meals and snacks;
• Provided 3,600 health and mental health contacts; and
• Handed out more than 4,900 relief items.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Northern Nevada American Red Cross chapter at 1190 Corporate Blvd. in Reno or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
The Northern Nevada American Red Cross chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 670,000 people. The chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with the main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information about becoming a volunteer, health and safety classes or making a donation, call 775-856-1000 or visit www.nevada.redcross.org.