Kern Chapter of American Red Cross deploys help to Colorado

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding.

Red Cross disaster workers are at the Boulder airport reception center to provide care and comfort as stranded residents arrive after being airlifted out of flooded neighborhoods and towns.

Sunday night, as many as 1,000 people stayed in 24 shelters across the state.

Our local Kern Chapter has deployed two volunteers as of Monday morning to provide health services in Colorado to those affected and in need.

The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials, the Colorado National Guard and community organizations to ensure people get the help they need.

More than 250 trained Red Cross disaster workers are deployed to Colorado, along with more than 20 emergency response vehicles and six trucks of relief supplies. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross has served more than 7,100 meals and snacks.

Government officials estimate as many as 18,000 homes are affected by the Colorado flooding. Access to some communities remains difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads.

Flooding has also caused numerous evacuations in New Mexico and Texas and Red Cross workers are helping people in those states. 

The Red Cross has launched a relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

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