American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Massachusetts, after working in our communities during Hurricane Sandy, are accepting deployments to states and regions devastated by the superstorm.
Sharon Friedman of Mansfield, who specializes in disaster mental health, has been deployed to New York.
The disaster mental health specialist provides crisis interventions, mental and emotional care and support, psychosocial education and mobilization during this difficult time.
The American Red Cross has mobilized more than 5,700 disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks so far. We have also activated more than 300 response vehicles and handed out more than 124,500 relief items.
Sharon Friedman, in accepting this deployment, is gaining experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When she returns to Massachusetts, her knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.
Many in your community want to know how to help. They could train to become disaster volunteers, or fund this long-term relief effort by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visiting RedCross.Org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 more information, please visit redcross.org