The following is a press release issued by the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts:
American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Massachusetts, after working in our communities during Hurricane Sandy, are accepting deployments to states devastated by the superstorm.
Sandy Jones of West Newton, whose Red Cross specialty is disaster mental health, has been deployed to New York.
The disaster mental health specialist provides crisis interventions, mental and emotional care and support during this difficult time.
The American Red Cross has mobilized 5,800 disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 5.3 million meals and snacks so far. We have also activated our entire fleet of response vehicles and handed out more than 1.3 million relief items.
Sandy Jones, in accepting this deployment, is gaining experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When she returns to Massachusetts, her knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.
Many in your community want to know how to help. They could train to become disaster volunteers, or fund this long-term relief effort by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visiting RedCross.Org.