A Commitment to Purpose and Passion The American Red Cross Volunteer Story During Disaster
Sept. 4, 2019
It is 2 p.m. a week into an active disaster response for Hurricane Dorian on the East Coast. More than 1,900 trained volunteers from around the country, rallied to the call for help when the storm’s path appeared as though it would cover the state of Florida, and then move through Georgia and the Carolinas. Energy is still high in the headquarters for the response in Florida, but a sigh of relief envelopes the room. The storm has passed, leaving little damage in its wake. Still, handling more than 100 shelters and 7,000 evacuees in those shelters, work is nowhere near to being done.
These volunteers have seen the worst in disaster and continue to respond when called upon. In total, these people have seen 6,491 deployments between them. Fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes pepper the stories and memories of disasters past. It is a long day of work. Cool heads, calm voices and open hearts are evident in every single function of the disaster response.