As part of the disaster response effort to the devastating floods in West Virginia, three individuals with the American Red Cross of Maine have flown to the state.

On June 27, Larry French of Rockland, Ellin Ruffner of Yarmouth and Edward Mouw of Kennebunk joined hundreds of disaster workers in West Virginia, including two other Maine residents already in the state, Margaret Rode of Tenants Harbor and Randy Eldridge of Orland.

French, a Red Cross of Maine Disaster program manager, has been affiliated with the organization since 2002. He is responsible for delivering Red Cross disaster services in Midcoast and Downeast Maine.

Thousands of West Virginians are without power and gas service and as many as 60 roads are closed to flooding and flood damage. There are almost 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected as well as meals for first responders.

Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope and health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The organization is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need. Important Red Cross flood safety information is found here.

How to help

This is a large relief response and the Red Cross needs the public’s support. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, 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.