Lee Disaster Services – Volunteer Newsletter Nov-Dec

Notes from the Disaster Chair & Disaster Director

So far we have made it through the heaviest part of the 2011 Hurricane Season with only some side swipes from the storms.  The last 2 left much of Lee County with an abundance of standing water and a fresh outbreak of mosquitoes.  This has been a very active Hurricane season and as such we could have had some really tough times, fortunately this didn’t happen.  2011 started out a year with almost every type of disaster and continues on.  This year has seen earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and now deadly snow.  Let’s hope that 2012 is a little easier year for everyone.

Our volunteers continue to train and be ready for deployment.  On Saturday, October 29, many volunteers attended a virtual disaster drill at the Chapter.  This was a reenactment of a real time Tornado. It contained all of the steps leading up to the actual touchdown of the tornado including some actual video.  It was a good activity to get the thought processes going.

We are going into the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year right around the corner.  The Chapter will be closed for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the day after plus December 26th and January 2nd, 2012.  Our annual Christmas dinner and party are coming early this year with the first Thursday falling on December 1st. We are actively planning for all the goodies and fun for the party. As usual Dinner will be at 5:30 with party (not meeting) to follow.  We might even have a visit from the big, jolly guy.

Volunteer Hours

We are rapidly approaching the end of the calendar year and that will mark the finish for this year’s Presidential Awards.  For those of you unfamiliar with these awards, they are based on the number of hours you have logged as a Red Cross Volunteer for the calendar year.  The awards are accompanied by a letter from the President of the United States.  Your hours also have an impact on some of our funding from the United Way.  So if you haven’t turned in your hours, please do so as quickly as possible.  You can drop them off in the staffing receptacle marked “Volunteer Hours” or E-mail them to me at dc@arclcc.org.  Make sure you get them in to be considered for this awesome award. – Carlene Sharples, Disaster chair


John & Carlene


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