Even after the flood waters recede, there is still much to do if your home is one of those affected by June’s excessive rain. That is why Red Cross volunteers and staff are still in Logan County working with families, doing casework and determining how best each family can be assisted on their road to recovery. It takes far less time for a home to flood than it does to make that house a home again.
American Red Cross initial response was to open a shelter for those needing a place to stay and then quickly moved to a cleanup operation that included the distribution of clean-up kits. This process begins with thorough disaster assessment, which was done in Logan County, in conjunction with the Logan County Emergency Management Agency; volunteers from both agencies worked multiple days, going neighborhood to neighborhood and door to door, determining degree and type of damage. Next step, caseworkers begin working with individual families, helping them determine their immediate and long term recovery needs. American Red Cross meets many needs of those needing help, for example, families may receive assistance with housing, food, mental health needs, but the Red Cross also works with many partners especially when it comes to long-term recovery. Depending on the needs, clients are often referred to other non-profits, government partners, area resources and organizations tha t specialize in long-term recovery. This past week volunteers from the Columbus area Tzu Chi Foundation came into the American Red Cross service center and gave financial assistance to many. The Tzu Chi Foundation is an active member of the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and responds in twenty-seven states.
“Recovery is a long arduous journey,” states Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “but our trained volunteer caseworkers are excellent resources in helping families begin their journey.” At this time, the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter was able to fill all of its volunteer positions with volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support our response to the flooding in our communities. Whatever the next disaster response is the Chapter is looking to recruit and train additional Logan Countians.. Learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer and complete the online application. If you need help, please contact the local office at 937-492-6151 and a volunteer will help you complete your online application.
If you live in the affected area and still need assistance you can reach out to Marc Cantrell, Disaster Program Specialist, 937-418-0269, and he will assign you a caseworker.