Jimmy Remy’s journey with the American Red Cross began one morning at 4 a.m. when an approaching wildfire gave him and his family minutes to evacuate their home. With nowhere to go, Jimmy and his family headed for their nearest Red Cross shelter. It was through this harrowing ordeal that Jimmy learned about the Disaster Cycle Service division of the Red Cross and the Disaster Action Team volunteer opportunities.
Now a member of the organization’s disaster response team for nearly three years, Jimmy not only responds 24/7 to events that displace people from their homes, but he also brings his first-hand experience of fleeing one’s home with minutes to spare, not knowing if you can ever go back again.
“The best part of being a disaster responder is helping people during their worst time and being present for them so they’re not alone” says Jimmy, “We might not always be able to change their lives by providing everything they will need, but at least we can lend a hand and an ear and help them take their first steps after a disaster.”
Jimmy has always been the person who pulls over to help a stranded motorist and for him, joining the Red Cross continued the spirit of helping people in need.
“My nature is to go above and beyond to make sure someone is okay. It’s what unites us as humans going about our daily lives.”