Bob and Betty Hartman are two Red Cross volunteers who are central to large-scale disaster operations in Eastern Massachusetts.
When they spend the winter in Myrtle Beach, they volunteer with the Coastal South Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross. Their specialty – the activity they're most called upon for – is mental health, but they also help support large-scale operations while staffing and mentoring other Red Crossers.
They were called upon to help this past week when a Saturday fire claimed 109 units of a condominium complex in Myrtle Beach.
Since the Myrtle Beach fire, the Red Cross of Coastal South Carolina has registered 194 residents in its shelter and has provided over 1,500 meals and 3,280 snacks and drinks to residents affected by the fire and first responders.
Trained Red Cross mental health workers continued providing emotional support to people affected by the fire – including the Hartmans.
The Hartmans, Plymouth residents who volunteer with the Cape and Island Chapter in Hyannis, were deployed last year to the wildfires of Colorado.