Disaster Services Newsletter Update – March/April

From the Desk of the Disaster Chair – Carlene Sharples

One of our active volunteers, Beverly Collins was recently accorded accolades for her work in 2010 on behalf of the Boston Red Sox.  It’s great when our volunteers are recognized outside of the Red Cross for their achievements.  WAY TO GO BEVERLY!!

Our first regional drill came off nicely with participation by all leads from both the Lee and Collier Chapters.  We worked on a flood scenario using a fictitious shelter on the county line between both counties.  It was a great chance for all leads to get to know each other and prepare for any eventual disaster.

Preparations are underway for the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to be held April 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the Boy Scout Center, Boy Scout Drive.  Dinner will be followed by presentations of individual awards for years of service, Presidential Awards for hours of service and Volunteer of the Year.  It is a wonderful event; please sign up by calling the Chapter.

At the February monthly volunteer meeting, Tom Lee received a special award for Territory 4 (Alabama, Georgia and Florida).  Heidi Ruster and Jim Von Rental presented the award.  The recipient of this award is chosen on the National Level.  Congratulations Tom!

The Chapter continues to be on standby for wildfires. We have been told this could be the worst wildfire season in a decade.  Please urge your friends and neighbors to take every precaution and help prevent these fires.  If a fire is spotted, call 911 immediately.  The faster the response, the sooner the fire can be contained. As a Chapter we are stocking supplies to respond to multiple fires at the same time.  With this concern, a Wildfire Workshop was recently held for the first time.  We had a great turnout of volunteers interested in being prepared to work a wildfire. We have at this point had to respond to several wildfires and be on standby for several others.

A last minute Red Cross team was put together for the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk 2011.  Our Red Cross walkers were Ann and Frank Boehm, Ferol Page, Kathy Maloney and myself.  It was a chilly morning but for a great cause.

We have been busy responding to the community fundraising for the terrible tragedy in Japan.  We are receiving daily calls from people wanting to know how they can help plus working at several fundraisers.  The Boston Red Sox held a 3 hour fundraiser at their stadium just before their game on the 17th and Miramar Outlets had an 8 hour fundraiser on the 18th.

If anyone finds that their years of service are incorrectly listed, please contact me so it can be corrected.  We are still having a problem with volunteers keeping track of their hours working/training with the Red Cross.  Yearly time sheets can be obtained from Training or Staffing.

On a sad note, Paul Winslow, husband of Sandy Winslow, passed away on Thursday, February 17th.  Our deepest love and condolences go to Sandy and her family.



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