Dick Reis recently joined the Disaster Action Team (DAT) in the Red River Valley. Reis has been married to Lyn for 44 years, they have three children and one grandchild. He is a retired physician recruitment manager after 16 years at Essentia Health (formerly Innovis) and four years at Sanford Health (formerly Merit Care).
Why did you decide to give your time to the Red Cross?
I think the Red Cross is a worthy organization, as you see them do good things, and I thought it might be interesting to be active on the DAT. Also, if need be, I will at least have the opportunity to consider volunteering at a national disaster in the future.
What are some of the things you do/how are you involved with the Red Cross?
Mainly I have been out on DAT responses. I was also a volunteer at the mock tornado drill that the Red Cross and the City of Fargo held this spring. I got to be part of the drill where I learned a lot about the coordination that is needed to manage people in disaster circumstances.
Why do you volunteer with the Red Cross?
For me, being able to be with an organization that is helping in the community, and giving back to the community by helping people in need is great. Also, it’s nice to have interaction with new individuals that have common interests.
Why should others volunteer with the Red Cross?
A volunteer is always needed. There can never be enough volunteers because there is too great of a need.