The American Red Cross has provided shelter for hundreds of people seeking safety from wildfires in Colorado. Now, volunteers from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts are accepting deployments to further assist the relief effort.
Carl Fleischer of Boston’s South End, who specializes in Disaster Services Technology, has been deployed to Colorado.
Disaster Services Technology specialists are responsible for all the technology that is deployed on disaster relief operations. DST volunteers set up satellites where all phone and internet services have been disrupted, they set up computer services in remote locations for Red Cross caseworkers and often have to repair equipment in crisis situations.
Since the fires started, the American Red Cross has operated shelters, distributed more than 670 comfort kits and helped provide more than 2,300 meals and snacks. The Red Cross has additional volunteers, supplies and shelters on standby in case additional fires occur or additional evacuations are ordered.