Red Cross volunteers and response vehicles roll out to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew

As federal, state and local authorities begin to assess the damage from Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross continues to shelter and care for those affected by the storm. With more than 70,000 overnight shelter stays since the storm first came ashore, nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers from across the country including 19 from the Desert to the Sea Region of Southern California.

On Sunday, three Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) from the region departed the Riverside Chapter bound for North Carolina. When they arrive they will assist with mobile food delivery and the distribution of emergency relief supplies such as comfort kits and cleaning supplies.

Our response for the hurricane is massive, the Red Cross is operating more than 150 shelters with over 70,000 overnight stays through Sunday night.

“I’m so proud of our volunteers,” said Debby Leahy, regional disaster officer, American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. “They give so much of themselves and represent our region so well. I know they will serve the community and help them through these trying times.”

The deployed volunteers are:

Coachella Valley Chapter:

Dene Shaver

Carolyn Brackin

Ferris Todd

Orange County Chapter:

Diane Valoff

Rex Donnell

Bob Sages

Riverside Chapter:

Ken Rieger

Linda Rieger

Mike Collins

Lynda Shoemaker

Janet Upchurch

Mary Ann Roberts

San Bernardino Chapter:

Chuck Duncan

John Caviness

Larry Roberts

Lusandra Cantres

Assunta Thompsons

Patricia Smith

Desert to the Sea ERVs prepare to roll out to help with Hurricane Matthew response.

The volunteers will be deployed throughout the five states 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. Learn more about the Red Cross response to Hurricane Matthew here.



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