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Red Cross volunteers in Nevada will help in disaster areas

Thanks to the Red Cross

Tornadoes and flooding across much of the center of the country have endangered tens of thousands of people.

Four Red Cross volunteers from Nevada, including two from Pahrump, have been deployed to hard-hit areas of Texas and Arkansas for two weeks to assist other disaster response teams, according to an American Red Cross news release.

“Our Nevada Red Cross volunteers are ready to help those in need as severe weather continues to cause damage,” said Rachel Flanigan, executive director of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada. “Their continued commitment to helping others, not just locally but nationally, is truly commendable. We are proud that our team is willing to lend a helping hand in times of need.”

The experienced team of Nevada volunteers deployed to Arkansas includes Tammy Brandl of Pahrump, who has deployed 25 times with the Red Cross; Linda Gong of Las Vegas with 13 deployments; and Michale Algier of Carson City for his first deployment. Dene Shaver of Pahrump, who has 29 missions, is heading to Texas for disaster relief.

The holiday weekend brought the busiest day of the year yet for severe weather, with 26 reported tornadoes in 10 states and more than 60 reports of high winds or hail in about 20 states. Storms continue to move across Texas, knocking out power to more than half a million customers at a time when many are also threatened by triple-digit temperatures.

Red Cross disaster relief teams from across the country are mobilizing to support evacuees in states ravaged by storms over the weekend.

“As a Red Cross volunteer, responding to disasters to help residents is more than a duty; it is a calling to be there for people when they need it most,” Shaver said. “Knowing that our actions can provide comfort and hope to those affected drives us to support communities in their most challenging times.”

Support people affected by disasters

You can make a donation to the American Red Cross disaster relief effort. Your gift allows the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters large and small. To make a $10 donation, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

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