Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploying to Louisiana


PROVIDENCE, RI – American Red Cross volunteer Henry Lesieur is
deploying to Louisiana to support Red Cross relief efforts after excessive rainfall
has resulted in moderate to heavy flooding across many parts of Louisiana. Once
there, Henry will serve as a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor. Henry is one of
close to 3,000 Red Cross volunteers in the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of
the American Red Cross. Henry is one eleven of volunteers who have physically
deployed to support the relief efforts. In addition, sixteen volunteers have
virtually deployed in response, including Leann Zettl, Melissa Shires, and Liz
McDonald who will all work as Client Casework Service Associates.

The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by the
devastating flooding there, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy
in 2012. More than 500 disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their
way to help in Louisiana. The Red Cross has also mobilized 60 disaster response
vehicles, 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter
and kitchen supplies.

The Red Cross is also working closely with the entire response community to
coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind
the diverse needs of the community. Some of the organizations sending help to the
area include Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church
of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National
Civilian Community Corps and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteers.

People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the
word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to
prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

People can make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. To
join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about
volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

APP People can
download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in
their community. They can use the app’s «I’m Safe» button to connect with their
loved ones and receive emergency alerts and shelter information. The Emergency App
can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for «American
Red Cross» or by going to

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of
disasters; supplies about 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 not-for-profit organization that depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For
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