Albuquerque, NM. (AUGUST 26, 2020) The New Mexico Chapter of the American Red Cross will be deploying volunteers “virtually” to Texas in preparation of landfall and projected significant damage created by Hurricane Laura. Those volunteers will be joining previously deployed “in person” volunteers that are already on the ground in advance of the storm. The COVID19 pandemic has changed the way the American Red Cross responds to large scale national disasters. Virtual volunteers will be providing mental health care, disaster management, government liaison, planning and other critical disaster response functions.