Why Deployment Was Different for This Volunteer


By Gordon Williams


When Red Cross volunteer Mauri Shuler of Olympia, WA deployed to the California wildfires last month, she found much about the experience old and familiar but some of it new and challenging.


Flying into a disaster scene is nothing new for Mauri. She did it many times in her years as a broadcaster and producer for ABC and NBC. She spent seven years as a producer for NBC News, based in Burbank, CA and covering Central and South America.  “I went to all the war zones and disasters they could send me to,” she says. Among the disasters she covered was the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people.  Continue reading