working Disaster Operations Center since Saturday
Darke County Red Cross...
Local Volunteer Responds to area Tornadoes
March 5, 2012 Darke County, OH— Across the country and here in our
backyard, the American Red Cross has been on the scene providing relief
to those in need. Emergency shelters have opened in Northern
Kentucky, Eastern Indiana and Southwestern Ohio to help those affected
by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, minor first aid, and a
shoulder to lean on.
Coordinating with local emergency officials and community partners to
help residents impacted by the storm is key to delivering services in
affected areas. Emergency Relief vehicles have been out in the field,
providing meals, snacks and distributing bulk items such as trash bags,
work gloves, tarps, hand sanitizer, clean-up kits and dust masks.
These vehicles came from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, as well as
the volunteer teams to drive them.
Additionally, volunteers from the Cincinnati-Dayton Region, which
includes Darke County, were placed on alert, as well as leadership to
manage the Disaster Operations Center (DOC).
Locally, volunteer, John Wright, started in the DOC on Saturday; he
specializes in technology, helping keep all aspects of the operation
connected, from enabling shelter residents to accessing the Red Cross
Safe and Well website, to keeping volunteers across the disaster
operation connected. This is just one of the many “unseen” or behind
the scene activities that volunteers do so that relief can be provided.
“It astounds people how well organized, well managed and well trained
our disaster volunteers are on operations”, explained Lynne Gump, Darke
County Chapter Executive Director, “Including casework, logistics,
accounting, nursing, feeding, staffing, driving are just a few of the
jobs that volunteers do to provide disaster relief.”
For those in Darke County who would to know more about volunteering
after a disaster to provide aid to their neighbors and community with
the Red Cross, a volunteer orientation and question and answer session
is scheduled at the Chapter office, 130 Martz Street, Suite 6 in
Greenville on Tuesday, March 13th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
For additional information or to make an online donation to support
this disaster or other American Red Cross programs, go to the chapter
website at www.darkecounty.redcross.org or contact the chapter office
About the American Red Cross:
You can help people affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes
and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world,
by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster
Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and
provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in
response to disasters. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and
provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than
40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives;
provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members
and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that
depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to
perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or
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