Local Red Cross sending two volunteers to Colorado




Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross is working to deploy local volunteers to support disaster relief efforts in Colorado.

A Disaster Mental Health Associate will be sent to help provide emotional support to disaster victims as they deal with the trauma of the flooding. Another volunteer will be working with a team establishing community partnerships to help provide all levels of support to the victims.

Adam Taylor has volunteered with the Inland Northwest Red Cross for two years. He's served at wildfires and house fires in Washington.

"I was pretty excited. This is why we do what we  do. You don't volunteer with the red corss if you don't want to get out there and really get into helping people," said Taylor.

Taylor will coordinat with other relief organization and agencies in the area to make sure resources go where people need them.

The two are expected to be gone fore two weeks.

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

More than 250 trained Red Cross disaster workers have already deployed to Colorado along with more than 20 emergency response vehicles and six trucks of relief supplies.

One thousand residents spent Sunday night in a Red Cross shelter.