Waterford, Mystic residents among Red Cross volunteers deployed to aid storm victims

Mystic and Quaker Hill residents are among the seven Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut deployed to support disaster relief operations in states impacted this week by severe spring storms, the Red Cross announced this week.

Volunteers include Wayne Dailey of Mystic, who was deployed to Mississippi to support disaster mental health services, helping to provide assessment and access to care for people with emotional health needs.

Ira and Ginny Haas of Quaker Hill were deployed to Arkansas to support client casework services, working to meet individually with people affected by the storms. Four other volunteers are traveling to Arkansas in varying capacities.

American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno thanked the volunteers for their willingness to deploy.

“We have amazingly talented and dedicated volunteers who train and serve throughout the year to help neighbors in Connecticut,” Bruno said in a statement. “When a major disaster happens, we are so grateful for their willingness to leave their homes and families to help neighbors elsewhere in the country.”

The Red Cross is at work in 12 states, helping thousands of people affected by devastating floods and tornadoes. Nearly 300 people spent Wednesday night in 25 Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, according to the Red Cross statement.

How to help

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

People can donate by visiting

the Red Cross website

, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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