For Many Volunteers, Disaster Response is Double-Duty

Friday, November 16, 2012


In the wake of Sandy, thousands of Red Cross volunteers deployed to hard-hit areas. At the same time the group is responding to other disasters that occur on a daily basis.

On any given day, Red Cross Spokesman Michael DeVulpillieres said volunteers respond to an average of seven or eight disasters – predominantly house fires, and building collapses.

He said more than 100 incidents have occurred since Sandy.

For those incidents, Vulpillieres said the Red Cross relies on a handful of volunteers in-house, on standby, and thousands more who are on-call. In many cases, he said, those volunteers are doing double-duty or more.

“One weekend they’ll be assisting, distributing food out to one of the affected communities affected by Sandy, then during the week or in an evening shift they’ll be helping people displaced by a fire, or a building collapse somewhere in our area,” he explained.

Volunteers can also provide a range of services for victims.

“We’re meeting with them, we’re providing safe shelter, we’re providing them with mental health support,” Vulpilierres said. “We’re assisting them with their immediate needs.”

DeVulpilierres said the city’s handling shelter services for Sandy victims. The Red Cross is distributing food and emergency supplies to affected areas.


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Comments [2]


Because the neighbors helping neighbors are also the Red Cross volunteers.

Nov. 17 2012 11:34 AM
kevin from sandwich ma

I'm still curious as to why I'm seeing so much reporting on the politicians efforts, the red cross, salvation army and fema and little if not nothing on the local neighbors who are putting untold effort, personal hours, giving from there own wallets and households and what the kids from vista, america corp and the occupy group efforts where are the articles and interviews with them, where are the acknowledgments of their efforts which have dwarfed the professional orginizations.

Nov. 17 2012 08:16 AM

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