Three area American Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Arkansas and Mississippi in the wake of tornadoes last week.
Richard Bekemeier of Wapakoneta traveled to Tupelo, Mississippi, on Sunday, March 4, 2014, to help assist people affected by the recent tornadoes. Bekemeier will join other Red Cross volunteers from around the country by serving as a client caseworker. He will work directly with clients affected by the storms.
Bekemeier has been with the Red Cross since 2010. This is his second national deployment. He joins two other local volunteers who deployed last week. Linda Carmean of Wapakoneta deployed to Arkansas as a client caseworker. Timothy “Bo” McComas of Lima deployed to Mississippi to help with mass care. Carmean has been with the Red Cross for more than a year. This is her second national deployment. McComas has been a volunteer since 2008. This is his sixth national deployment.
The Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks supporting those affected. As people begin to recover from the storm, Red Cross workers will join with local community partners to provide additional services. For example, in some areas the Red Cross will help to open community resource centers bringing all of the organizations and agencies together in one convenient location to help those affected. Red Cross caseworkers will also meet one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.