Helping After Two Hurricanes in the Virgin Islands  

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By Gordon Williams

Photos by Amelia Iraheta

Amelia Iraheta of Seattle finds conditions harsh on St. Thomas, where she is part of the American Red Cross relief operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wrecked homes and flooded streets are everywhere; there still are power lines down and there is a curfew to keep cars off the roads at night. Continue reading

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How the Red Cross tends to Spiritual and Physical Needs

 

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Pictures by Tim Serban

Most disaster victims need more than just a meal and a safe place to sleep, says Portland, OR based Red Cross service area leader Tim Serban. They also need emotional and spiritual support to help them get through an ordeal that threatens to tear their lives apart. “They already know what happened,” says Serban. “Now they want to know why it happened and why such a terrible thing happened to them.” 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