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September is National Preparedness Month for Red Cross

September 5, 2013 • Local News

Amy Vogelsang
Record Staff Writer

Throughout 187 countries, 13 million volunteers respond to roughly 700,000 disasters a year, but the American Red Cross does more than show up when these diasters strike.

With a branch in Southeastern New Mexico, Red Cross is focused also on individual tragedies, said Development Coordinator Gale Landrum.

Even if just one family experiences a house fire, the Red Cross is called, and a Disaster Action Team (DAT) steps up to assess the damage, find a hotel for the family and provide the family with money based on the damage. All of this is given to them via a Client Assistance Card.

“Our efforts don’t stop there though,” Landrum said. They also help families fill prescriptions, Login to read more

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