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Tecumseh Couple Promoted To Red Cross DAT Leaders

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I’m pleased to continue working with our DAT members

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce Pam and Bruce Travis, Tecumseh natives and small business owners, as Disaster Action Team (DAT) captains for their extensive work in the Shawnee area.

Following the Murrah bombing in 1995, the couple began their long careers as Red Cross volunteers and they haven’t slowed down since. Last year, they worked over 200 hours assisting single family fires, distributing HOME kits to survivors of 2013 storms, volunteering for Christmas parades and the Arts Trek at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.  Besides their local involvement, the couple has also been deployed on numerous Disaster Relief Operations. 

“We are very happy to be given the opportunity,” Pam Travis said. “ I’m pleased to continue working with our DAT members in meeting goals that will affect our relationship with our community in a positive manner.”

With their new positions as DAT captains, the couple will take on various responsibilities as they fill a greater leadership role.  In this position the Travises will act as Red Cross incident commanders on the scene of a disaster, manage DAT teams, and lead in a variety of other ways. 

“Pam and Bruce are longtime Red Crossers,” said Susan Morris, Disaster Services and Community Resiliency Specialist in Shawnee. “They are always ready to help. Whenever I see them they say, ‘Just call us if you need us!’ And by their actions, they prove it over and over.” 

Before filling their new roles, the couple must understand the principles of operating a multi-family disaster, opening a shelter, feeding, and other general mass care functions.  The Travises officially filled their roles on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 2014.    

The Red Cross relies on volunteers like the Travises to respond day or night to house fires and other emergencies. To become a volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.