The Northeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross wants to share the experiences of two of its volunteers who deployed to the East Coast to assist with the recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.
Connie Roberts and Dwain Wilkerson traveled to New Jersey. Roberts left in January, and worked with displaced residents to make sure their basic, immediate needs were met. She also helped them make plans for longer-term recovery. A volunteer since 2009, she is trained to help with local disasters or on national assignment in psychological first aid and with providing meals, shelter and disaster relief supplies to those in need. Connie’s deployment for Sandy relief was her fourth national deployment. Since 2010, she has helped with floods in Tennessee, Iowa and Arkansas.
Back in November, Wilkerson was assigned to kitchen and yard duties for most of his deployment in New Jersey. He has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 2009 as well, and shares many of the same qualifications as Connie. In addition, Dwain has been trained as a supervisor in disaster services. Dwain was deployed to Joplin to assist in recovery from tornado damage and was also deployed to Arkansas, Iowa and Tennessee during flooding responses.
“We are very proud of Connie and Dwain’s willingness to help others in need,” said Tom Dugger, Executive Director of the Northeast Missouri Chapter. “More volunteers are always needed to accomplish the important work of the Red Cross.”
Nearly four months since Superstorm Sandy’s landfall, more than 700 Red Cross workers are on the ground in New York. They are providing meals and helping people get assistance with home repairs, rent, utility deposits, and connecting them with social service programs.