Locals Deployed to Assist with Flooding in Houston

WESTERN PA – A DuBois man has been deployed to assist with the flooding disaster in Houston, Texas.

Eugene Grzeda of DuBois has departed for Texas to serve as an ERV Driver.

As of Monday afternoon, the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region has deployed 32 people and three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) to assist with the disaster relief operation now underway in Texas.

While most of these 32 people have already departed, a few are in the process of leaving. More deployments are expected in the days and weeks ahead.

Thousands of people took refuge in dozens of shelters on Sunday night. The Red Cross already has 80 tractor-trailers loads full of supplies, enough shelter supplies for 34,000 people, in the area, with additional supplies for nearly 18,000 more en route. Nearly half of the American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle Fleet – over 200 vehicles, including three from Western Pennsylvania (one each from Pittsburgh, Erie, and DuBois) – have also been dispatched to assist.

Red Cross Western Pennsylvania staff and volunteers currently deployed by county:

Allegheny County

John (JB) Breitweiser of Whitehall to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).
Theresa Creighan of Oakmont to assist with logistics (Texas).
Nicholas Garbacz of Millvale to assist with damage assessment (Texas).
Joe Korinchak of Gibsonia to serve as a Shelter Supervisor (Texas).
Bernice Lee of Penn Hills for fundraising (Texas).
Rose Marie Malizio of Heidelberg to assist with feeding (Texas).
Greg Matoka of McCandless to assist with sheltering (Texas).
Sandy Stein of McCandless to serve as a Shelter Supervisor (Texas).
Patricia Waldinger of Presto to serve as the Elected Official Liaison (Texas).
Gary Wenning of North Versailles to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).

Beaver County

Charlene (Charlie) Crawford of Beaver Falls to assist with damage assessment (Texas).
Donald Klink of Ambridge to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).
Barb Lewis of Beaver Falls to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).
Donnie Wilson of Beaver Falls to assist with bulk distribution (Texas).

Blair County

Josh Berkheimer of Hollidaysburg to assist with sheltering (Texas).


Mike Blessel of Butler to assist with sheltering (Texas).
Ken Bowser of Cranberry to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).

Clarion County

Tim Lyautey of Knox to assist with sheltering (Texas).

Clearfield County

Eugene Grzeda of DuBois to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).

Crawford County

David Coulson of Meadville to assist with sheltering (Texas).

Erie County

Elizabeth Carter of Erie to serve on a disaster action team (Texas).
Dave Morneau of Edinboro, although originally sent to assist with sheltering, is now driving one of our Emergency Response Vehicles (Texas).

Lawrence County

Sara Dudash of Ellwood City to help with community partnerships (Texas).

McKean County

Paula Pierce of Kane to assist with sheltering (Texas).

Mercer County

Irvin Maurer of Hermitage to serve as an ERV Driver (Texas).

Venango County

Carol Holland of Seneca to serve in Disaster Mental Health (Texas).

Warren County

Jonie Smitley of Spring Creek to assist with sheltering, but might be reclassified to drive one of our Emergency Response Vehicles (Texas).
Joe Ulrich of Sugar Grove to serve as a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor (Texas).

Washington County

Cindy Chmet of Claysville to assist with sheltering (Texas).
Betty Hicks of West Alexander to assist with logistics (Texas).
Fred Hicks of West Alexander to assist with facilities (Texas).
Catherine Morgan of Canonsburg to assist with sheltering (Louisiana).

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