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Red Cross nurse headed to Arkansas for disaster relief efforts

Red Cross nurse headed to Arkansas for disaster relief efforts

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED May 1, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending Red Cross nurse Cheryl Taylor to Little Rock, Arkansas to help with the disaster relief efforts.

Mike Sagara with the American Red Cross tells KGUN9 that Taylor is the second person to be sent from the local chapter.

Dan Coto, Regional Disaster Program Officer left yesterday for Little Rock.

The Red Cross is providing comfort and hope to thousands of people across 12 states whose lives have been turned upside down by devastating floods and tornadoes, said Sagara.

Trained Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and other assistance to those in need.

About 280 people spent Wednesday night in 25 Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

This has been a difficult week for many families and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath, said Sagara.

Volunteers are also helping to replace prescription medications and eyeglasses.  More workers, supplies and equipment are ready in case they are needed.

Over the past several days the Red Cross sent out more than 5.5 million severe weather notifications to about 800,000 users through its tornado app for tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.