Volunteer Returns to his Roots to Survey Harvey’s Damage

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By Dale Steinke

Technology, including a new phone app, helped Walla Walla retiree William “Bill” Herrington and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers complete numerous home damage assessments and find their way around the Texas Gulf Coast to support Hurricane Harvey relief. Continue reading

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Helping to Heal the Emotional Scars of Hurricane Harvey

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By Gordon Williams

The task of most Red Cross volunteers in a disaster zone is to provide victims with food, water and shelter. The task of volunteer Ginger Van Ry in a disaster zone is to provide skilled emotional support to victims whose response to disaster can range from stoic acceptance to deep, crippling depression. Continue reading

Feeding Storm Victims in a Small Texas Town

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By Gordon Williams

Pictures by Norman Bottenberg

Some Red Cross volunteers, now aiding hurricane victims in Texas or Florida, can date their first deployment to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For others the first deployment was to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For Norm Bottenberg, of Sammamish WA, the first deployment was the eruption of Mount St. Helen on May 18, 1980–more than 37 years ago. Continue reading

A Long Trek from the Northwest to Help Hurricane Victims

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By Gordon Williams

Published on September 11, 2017

Key West, Florida is 2,722 miles from Seattle–about as far apart as two cities in the continental United States can be. Yet that distance proved to be no obstacle when volunteers from the Northwest Region joined the army of Red Cross workers heading south to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Continue reading