The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
January was a record month for the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Our Disaster Action Teams (DAT) responded to 103 families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by fire and provided assistance to 353 people. This ranked us the 17th chapter in the nation for Red Cross local disaster response,” said Jeana Bailley, Director of Disaster Response for the Mid-South Chapter.
Bailley was speaking at the all-hands DAT meeting that was held on the evening of Friday, February 28th. Approximately, thirty members of the team were present to share the latest news about disaster services at the Mid-South Chapter.
A highlight of the meeting was the introduction of the new five-member Disaster Action Team from Crittenden County, Arkansas. Because the Mid-South Chapter serves a diverse area spread over five different counties in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, it has long been a goal to develop county-specific Disaster Action Teams made up of individuals who live in each county.
A Disaster Action Team made up of Crittenden County residents is deemed especially critical because of the vulnerable link of the Mississippi River Bridges that separate Crittenden County from the rest of the Mid-South Chapter. The new five-member team is a good start. They will soon be engaging in on-site disaster-response training and hope to persuade more members of their community to participate.
Announcements and discussion at the meeting included:
The meeting concluded with a presentation by Linda Bomes who shared her experiences in responding to the Red Cross relief effort to the tornadoes that last year destroyed much of Moore, Oklahoma. Bomes provided pointers for surviving a tornado and presented data showing that the Mid-South area is indeed part of what is known as Tornado Alley, due to the frequent occurrence of these destructive storms in this area of the country.
Story and photos by Robert W. Wallace
Story posted 3/6/2014