Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Red Cross Volunteers Organizing.

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

The Red Cross is recognized throughout the world as an organization that will help in times of crisis.

The organization is known for its efforts in disaster relief, such as helping in the aftermath of earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. But the Red Cross also helps with smaller disasters that may not make the national news, such as families who lose a house to fire, or travelers who are stranded in bad weather.

In the East Mountains and Estancia Valley, the Red Cross always sent help from its Albuquerque office. But now a disaster action team has been formed to respond to area emergencies more quickly, said Ellen Owen, captain of the newly formed team. …

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