, Derry, New Hampshire

July 5, 2012

N.H. Red Cross collects donations for flood, wildfire victims

CONCORD — The American Red Cross is providing critical help to thousands of people affected by the raging wildfires in the west and the massive flooding in Florida from Tropical Depression Debby.

Ian Dyar, New Hampshire's own Red Cross disaster program manager, was deployed to Florida, where he is serving as a government liaison working with officials, local emergency management, partnering agencies and nearly 200 Red Cross disaster workers and where 11 shelters were open overnight.

Tropical Depression Debby has dumped as much as 10 inches of rain on most of the state, with some areas getting up to 25 inches of rain. Truckloads of additional relief supplies are on the way to Florida and 20 response vehicles are ready to start distributing items to help as the clean-up begins there.

Ten Red Cross shelters were open last week in Colorado, Utah and Montana, where several wildfires are burning out of control. In Colorado, nearly 300 trained Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts where the fires are threatening as many as 20,000 homes.

Red Cross workers have served more than 32,000 meals and snacks to people affected by the wildfires and flooding, have made almost 3,300 health and mental health contacts, and distributed more than 4,300 relief items.

"Thousands have been impacted by these disasters and the Red Cross is giving them a safe place to stay, food to eat and a shoulder to lean on," said Maria White, CEO, NH Region. "We are expanding our efforts to help the growing number of people affected by the fires in the West, and are ready to distribute the tools and other resources people will need to begin the clean-up in Florida as the flood waters recede."

Those who want to help can make a donation to support the American Red Cross by visiting or calling 1-800-464-6692. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, 03302-2528.

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