LAKE HAVASU CITY (Aug. 6, 2012) – Austin Creswell has joined the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter as Emergency Services Specialist for Mohave County, tasked with strengthening the county’s ability to withstand a disaster and supporting its 200,000 residents with increased resources.
A 2012 Iowa State University graduate, Creswell, 23, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, works out of the Grand Canyon Chapter’s office in Lake Havasu City. He’s in the process of recruiting Red Cross volunteers throughout Mohave County, specifically in need of Disaster Action Team members and public information officers who would assist him in responding to wildfires, home fires and floods.
“My job is to build up the preparedness of Mohave County, build up the response capabilities of the American Red Cross team and make sure the Red Cross volunteers are prepared,” Creswell said.
Creswell previously served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and he completed a Red Cross internship in disaster preparedness. He also was an AmeriCorps volunteer, and in 2008, he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in providing client services following Hurricane Ike. “From that,” Creswell said, “I developed a passion for disaster response.”
Making Mohave County a safer place to live is Creswell’s top priority. “The biggest thing you need for my specific job is a passion for the work because it’s going to get demanding, and there are going to be those nights with long hours,” Creswell said. “If you don’t have the passion, it’s much harder to find the will to do that stuff. But I’m confident I have that in me.” Plus, in the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, Creswell said, “There is a whole network of people behind me that will help me.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.