Monday, March 5, 2012

Darke County Red Cross Volunteer Responding to area Tornadoes

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 or contact the chapter office at 548.1002.

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 or follow the Darke County Red Cross on Facebook and twitter!

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