St. Mary's County Times September 07, 2017 - Page 5

Thursday, September 7, 2017 The County Times Local News 5 Local Red Cross Volunteers on the Ground in Texas The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Har- vey.  Locally, the Greater Chesapeake Region has more than 115 volunteers on the ground and three of our 4 Emergency Response Vehicles providing food, supplies and assistance on the ground. “Greater Chesapeake Region volunteers doing great work in Beaumont, from on the ground at Hurricane Harvey Response and Recovery” said Scott Salemme, Greater Chesapeake Region, CEO. Saturday night, at least 32,399 people sought refuge in 226 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas overnight. The Red Cross is also as- sisting the Louisiana state government with an emergency shelter, which hosted nearly 1,700 peo- ple last night. More than 2,700 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 660 are on the way. Shelter supplies to support more than 85,000 people are on the ground. Along with our partners, we have served more than a half million (515,000) meals and snacks since the storm began.  We have trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 14 kitchens, each able to pro- duce 10,000 meals a day, and 2 more trailers are on the way. We also have about 150,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 5,000 on the way. More than 215 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and re- lief supplies. Mental health and health services professionals have provided some 15,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. We have distributed more than 27,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hy- giene items for people forced from their homes. Cleaning and relief supplies to support more than 15,000 homes are on the ground, with an addition- al 5,000 on the way. The Greater Chesapeake Region has sent over 105 volunteers to areas that will potentially be af- fected by Hurricane Harvey. “We’re thankful for our volunteers and their dedication, as well as, the support from those who donate to help those in need,” said Scott Salemme, Greater Chesapeake Region, CEO. More than 200 emergency response vehicles are activated with more on alert. The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners in both Texas and Louisiana to coordinate response efforts. How You Can Help? The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by vis- iting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to pre- pare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this di- saster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donat- ing on or on 1-800-RED CROSS. The best way to ensure your donation will go to a spe- cific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on red- with your check. From Greater Chesapeake Chapter of the American Red Cross.