Local Red Cross Volunteers Heading To Joplin
The Inland Northwest Red Cross is sending two volunteers to Joplin, Missoui Thursday to assist with disaster relief efforts.
The volunteers, who have participated in other disaster relief operations in the past, will be assisting in Red Cross shelters in Joplin.
A third volunteer will be heading to Birmingham, Alabama to provided disaster mental health counseling to survivors there.
In all, 136 Red Cross volunteers from Washington State have deployed in the last month in support of relief operations following a series of devastating tornadoes in the South and Midwest.
Closer to home, two Red Cross volunteers will be leaving as early as Wednedsay evening for Great Falls, Montana to assist with disaster relief efforts due to flooding in Eastern Montana.
Those volunteers will be driving an Emergency Response Vehicle, which is essentially an ambulance that has been converted into a mobile supply and feeding truck. They are used primarily to help distribute food and supplies in areas where residents may not be able to get out to get their own supplies.