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July 2, 2013

Red Cross Volunteer supports flood relief in NY

A Gloucester man is going to New York to help with the Red Cross’s flood relief effort.

Just days after floods from the Otsquago Creek destroyed homes and flooded Fort Plain, N.Y., volunteers, including Ron Beckley of Gloucester, from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts are accepting deployments to help residents get back on their feet.

Disaster Services Technology specialists are responsible for all the technology that is deployed on disaster relief operations. DST volunteers set up satellites where all phone and internet services have been disrupted, they set up computer services in remote locations for Red Cross caseworkers and often have to repair equipment in crisis situations.

American Red Cross volunteers have served 2,793 meals and snacks, handed out 1,127 bulk items like bleach and insect repellent, 273 comfort kits and 259 clean-up kits.

Beckley, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform the local agency’s efforts.

People interested in training to become a disaster volunteer or funding this long-term relief effort may contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or RedCross.Org.

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