Four More Volunteers Deployed to Help in Mass Flooding

Another four volunteers from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions of the American Red Cross have deployed for Central New York to assist in the response to massive flooding across the region Friday. The Red Cross opened three shelters over the weekend in the area, to provide warm meals, snacks, comfort and relief supplies for residents impacted by the severe weather conditions. More than 15 counties in Central New York have been affected.


A list of all 16 local volunteers from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions who have been deployed is below, with the most recent deployments listed in bold.


NAME, HOMETOWN                                   FUNCTION                                                  

Carmella Bartimole, Olean                    Disaster Mental Health            

Stephen Erbland, Dansville                          Logistics

Marianne Evans, Ransomville                     Sheltering

Jennifer Goodbout, Olean                            Sheltering

Ari Gottlib, Rochester                                    External Relations

Michael Hoplight, Niagara Falls                   Logistics

Patricia Jung, Wellsville                               Staff Services

Norm Kehl, Strykersville                                   Disaster Assessment            

Stuart Moore, Allegany                                 Sheltering

Tony Muscolino, Finger Lakes Region        External Relations

Sarah Perkins, Pittsford                                            Disaster Assessment

Diane Sargent, Lockport                                           Disaster Assessment

Edward Steinhauer, Elmira                   Disaster Assessment

Gary Thompson, Finger Lakes Region                    Logistics

Emily Upham, Rochester                                    Health Services

Mary Walls, Williamsville                                         Disaster Assessment


These local volunteers join the Red Cross response which, as of yesterday, included the distribution of 750 cleaning supplies such as trash bags, gloves, and mops; providing 350 comfort and personal hygiene kits; and serving nearly 6,000 meals and snacks. Disaster assessment teams continue to meet with residents to determine immediate needs and establish long term recovery plans. Health service and mental health service workers are also available at shelters to provide comfort and emotional relief to affected residents.

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