“I felt like I just had to drop everything and just go.”
American Red Cross volunteer Sara Demetry, of Barnet, Vermont, has been concerned about the climate crisis and its impacts on her home state for more than a decade. Demetry works in the field of mental health. She is a therapist with her own private practice. Demetry says as severe weather become a more frequent occurrence, she's prepared herself to help others mentally and emotionally for the potential fallout from these storms. When the historic flooding hit Vermont in early July, she knew she had to jump in and help.
Demetry shares her time and skillset with the Red Cross as a trained disaster mental health responder. Throughout the disaster relief operation in the Green Mountains, more than 50 dedicated health and mental health volunteers, just like Demetry, deployed to the area to support flooding survivors through some of their darkest hours.