Ten Indiana Red Cross volunteers responding to Flint water crisis

Ten Indiana Red Cross volunteers responding to Flint water crisis


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Thursday, January 13, 2016 – Six more volunteers were added to the team responding to the water emergency in Flint, Michigan, bringing the total number of Indiana Red Cross disaster workers to 10.

Volunteers include:

  • Sharon Lane and Yanna Saunders, both of Indianapolis – Lane and Saunders are scheduled to be at the Red Cross Indiana Region HQ, 1510 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis tomorrow at 10.
  • Donald and Virginia Gorrell of Mecca – The Gorrells drove an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Flint this afternoon from Terre Haute.
  • Sam Glick of Elkhart and Bob Harkness of Winona Lake – Glick and Harkness also are driving an ERV to help with water distribution.
  • Karen Lankton Schmidt of Zionsville – Schmidt is providing Virtual Disaster Assessment support.

Volunteers already assisting in Flint are Jessica Beck of Indianapolis, and Peter Kos and Clayton Martin of Bryan, Ohio.

The American Red Cross is supporting coordinated state and local water distribution efforts. Red Cross volunteers are distributing bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges, home water testing kits and educational materials at Water Resource Sites (fire stations, health department, city hall, Michigan HHS office, county community action resource department offices) and now, door to door, with the help of the recently activated Michigan National Guard. The Governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Flint on January 5 at the request of city and county officials.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.