MOUNT VERNON — Two Red Cross volunteers from Mount Vernon are already in the east to help with disaster relief and two more on alert to go as soon as travel is deemed safe.
Local Red Cross Director Kelly Brenneman said James Heironimus of Apple Valley and Phyllis Grant of Mount Vernon are already in New Jersey, where they will help man mobile feeding stations. These are emergency vehicles that drive through affected areas providing food to people who need it.
Grant said she has been on Red Cross deployments before and expects to be in the disaster area up to three weeks.
“We’ll do the best we can to help as many as we can,” she said.
Tom Tenney of Fredericktown and Melody Brent and Chuck Staubs of Apple Valley have been alerted and are on standby and ready to head east as soon as it is deemed safe to travel, Brenneman said.
Brenneman explained that these volunteers, who have received extensive training, are in a national database and when the government or Red Cross decides volunteers are needed, people with the training for what is needed will be alerted.
When a disaster strikes our area, most of the local Red Cross volunteers will be busy dealing with their own issues, so help is sought from a neighboring area, in this case the Midwest, Brenneman explained. She said the South is probably being called on for help as well.
“We’re preparing for the storm here has well,” Brenneman said Monday afternoon. With the possibility of high winds, she said the Red Cross is urging people to be prepared for power outages by having a battery-powered radio ready and, if your water supply depends on an electric pump, having a supply of drinking water on hand plus a supply of water for flushing toilets.
“People need to be ready to go 24 to 48 hours without power,” Brenneman said.
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