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Local Couple Among Volunteers to Help LA Neighbors

Georgia’s Red Cross is doing its part to support Louisiana families.

The American Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort—our largest since Hurricane Sandy—in response to catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. Reports of 20,000 water rescues and an estimated 10,000 impacted homes underscore the urgent need for shelters, food, water and health and emotional support.

Georgia’s Red Cross is doing its part to support Louisiana families with trained disaster workers and  Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) from across the state. Seasoned volunteers Joe and Glenda Mertes from Marietta are among those who answered the call to help.

The Merteses deployed to Baton Rouge with our Augusta-based ERV today (8-15-16).They are one of 5 drive teams and vehicles that also left from Atlanta, Gainesville, Moultrie and Savannah. Their experience in helping to deliver meals, supplies and hope following Hurricane Sandy will be put to good use in hard-hit Louisiana parishes over the next few weeks.                   

What do Red Cross disaster volunteers like Joe and Glenda do? Listen to their brief, Red Cross story!

When metro residents Glenda and Joe Mertes decided it was time to retire, they didn’t settle into their rocking chairs; they went looking for people to help! The couple encountered the Red Cross after a tornado in South Georgia and found their volunteer calling. Today, they are trained Emergency Response Vehicle drivers who hit the road at a moment’s notice, delivering meals and supplies to disaster-stricken families. They talk about their Red Cross experiences and what makes them a good team.

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