Dayton Red Cross to send volunteers to Flint amid water crisis

The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross deploys volunteers to help with the Flint, Michigan water crisis (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross announced Monday that it will send trained volunteers to Flint, Michigan to respond to the city’s water crisis.

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with lead in the city’s drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they’re investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency.

Now, the team from Dayton will respond for logistics purposes, said Laura Seyfang, Executive Director with the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. The team will handle potable water distribution – potentially passing out water to the entire population of Flint. No official numbers have been released.

Chapters across the country will respond to a situation similar to Flint’s after that area’s Emergency Management Agency Director will make a request for support. The calls for assistance will slowly fan out by distance away from the trouble area, Seyfang said.

Flint’s calls for support have now reached the Dayton area.

If anyone is interested in becoming a trained volunteer for situations such as Flint’s, contact the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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