Local Red Cross Volunteer to Assist with Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Dotty Haines, Disaster Volunteer
I can imagine that the people who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy are just desperate to get some stable housing at this point, and I'll do my best to facilitate that process for them.

The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY) is deploying an active volunteer to the Greater NY Red Cross Chapter to assist with Red Cross long-term recovery efforts, following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy which displaced thousands of people from their homes.

Dotty Haines (of Clifton Park, NY) will dispatch to NYC to receive her assignment for the next two weeks in the Red Cross field of "Client Casework."

Haines will evaluate resources and identify families in need of long-term recovery assistance, specifically with regard to housing location services. There are still more than a thousand active Red Cross volunteers helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

This will be Haines first deployment to a national Red Cross disaster operation; she has been a volunteer for the past year and a half. Haines has been very involved with responding to local fires as a Disaster Action Team Member in the Red Cross Emergency Services Department.

Most recently, Haines was one of the primary responders to the multi-unit fire on Dove Street in Albany on Jan. 25, from which the Red Cross provided assistance to 22 people.

"I can imagine that the people who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy are just desperate to get some stable housing at this point, and I'll do my best to facilitate that process for them in the most efficient and comfortable way," said Haines. She added that she's been wanting to help with the relief efforts in the NYC area since the beginning, but only now has the time and availability to join the operation.

It's been nearly three months since Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury on New York and New Jersey and the American Red Cross is still providing help as people try to rebuild their lives and communities.

Red Cross workers know that encouragement and emotional support are vital for community restoration. Trained Red Cross workers continue to meet with storm victims to assess their needs and get them the help they may need.

Day by day, New Yorkers are seeing public services and commercial activity restored, allowing more people to resume normal lives. However, more than 1,800 people are still living in hotels or other temporary housing. Many others are struggling financially because their workplaces were crippled by the storm. The Red Cross and its partner organizations are delivering thousands of meals a day to meet feeding needs.

Haines will be a part of these continuing efforts; ARCNENY has deployed 20 volunteers to the Greater NY Region thus far to help with Red Cross disaster relief.

The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters is made possible solely through the generous donations made by the public. To assist those affected by disasters, visit www.redcross.org to volunteer and/or donate to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by all types of disasters, both large and small. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call 24 hours a days, seven days a week - and are ready to help when needed with disaster assessment, client casework, sheltering, mass care, feeding, and more.

Photo: Dotty Haines, ARCNENY Volunteer from Clifton Park, NY