Red Cross Volunteer Gets Ready for Her Ninth National Disaster Assignment

The American Red Cross has dispatched disaster volunteer, Hope Koestner, LPN, of Green Bay, to Springfield, Massachusetts to assist with the tornadoes that struck the East Coast almost one week ago.

Across the Country

The statistics below reflect total American Red Cross service deliveries since the beginning of major spring storm response on

March 31st. This includes:

  • Tornadoes in Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, Missouri, Massachusetts.
  • Flooding in Tennessee,Vermont, NewYork, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma.
  • Wildfires inTexas
  • To date, the Red Cross has:

  • Served over 841,926 meals and 1,711,101 snacks
  • Opened 251 shelters
  • Provided 25,726 overnight stays
  • Made 28,990 health and 27,445 mental health contacts.
  • Distributed over 1,222,285 bulk items, including 37,406 clean up kits and 58,308 comfort kits.
  • 11,198 Red Cross workers, of which 9,710 are volunteers, have assisted with relied and recovery efforts.
  • How to Help: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters like wildfires, floods and tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

    Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, and people can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross,P.O. Box 37243,Washington,DC20013.

    About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

    She will be assisting in the area of Health Services. Koestner will be using her skills as a licensed health care professional to assess people’s health affected by the tornadoes.

    This will be Koestner’s ninth national disaster deployment. She assisted in 2005 for Hurricane Wilma, in 2008 she assisted for a tornado in Georgia, flooding and a tornado in Iowa. 2008 for Hurricane Gustav, 2009 Georgia floods and has only been back a couple of weeks from her deployment to Birmingham, Alabama to assist the people affected by tornadoes and storms."