Local Red Cross Response to Gulf Coast Region for Isaac

Suhling, Violet, Fuller
St. Louis Red Cross volunteers are determined to give it all they have.

The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter is sending out an additional volunteer to the Gulf Coast region for Tropical Storm Isaac. As the system moves inland with strong winds and flooding, some local Red Cross volunteers are also repositioning in the region and taking on new duties.

Katie Beall, a Disaster Specialist with the St. Louis Area Chapter, will head initially to Texas, where she will receive her orders based on where her help is needed the most along the Gulf. While on assignment, Beall will serve in a government liaison role for the Red Cross.

“Government liaison volunteers represent the Red Cross while working with local, state, and federal governments to direct and coordinate response efforts, and make sure needs are sufficiently being met,” said Beall.

Beall began working with the local Red Cross during her first-term as an AmeriCorps member (National Preparedness & Response Corps) in August of 2010. She has volunteered on several disasters for the Red Cross, including the local New Year’s Eve tornado in December of 2010 and Hurricane Irene in North Carolina last August. Beall lives in Webster Groves.

Three other local Red Cross volunteers originally deployed to Florida are now helping in relief efforts in Mississippi. Erica Suhling and Terri Violet are doing disaster assessment work. Jammie Fuller is serving as a case worker.

“It's raining constantly and we are always drenched with Isaac hanging around,” said Terri Violet, Red Cross volunteer from St. Peters. “But the St. Louis Red Cross volunteers are determined to give it all they have.” Nearly 200 emergency response vehicles are positioned in the Gulf right now- that’s more than half of the national fleet.

A total of 35 volunteers from the Greater St. Louis Region have been deployed for Isaac. These volunteers are serving the relief efforts in several ways, including transportation needs, logistics, driving of emergency response vehicles, sheltering, working in food preparation and delivery, disaster mental health and staff wellness. They are among more than 3,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States.

Right now the Red Cross is providing thousands of people with food, shelter and other emergency services in seven states along the Gulf. Last night, more than 4,700 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters.

HOW TO HELP This is a massive relief effort and the Red Cross will be positioned in the Gulf Coast region for weeks helping people recover. The Red Cross needs your help. People who want to help can call, click or text to make a donation today. Please consider making a donation

by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.