Red Cross volunteers Cameron Fraser and Rick King are improvising.
“We’re both trained in logistics, but when we got here, we saw a greater need and offered to help deliver meals,” Rick said as he assembled packages of snacks. “Flexibility is key. Our snack packs could end up being lunch, dinner and breakfast.”
Rick and Cameron are among more than two dozen volunteers from Northeast Ohio who have been deployed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They have been assigned to help residents in and around Texas City, Texas.
“We went from Baton Rouge to Hempstead in the Great Texas ERV Drive,” Rick said, referring to a convoy of more than 40 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) that made their way to the Houston area. “It took us hours and hours to get there.”
In total, eight groups headed to the area last Thursday. They were able to communicate with one another through a smart phone app.
Cameron and Rick are working with partners from the Southern Baptist Convention, who set up a mobile kitchen for preparing the meals Red Cross workers will deliver.
“There’s a feeling of nervous energy,” said Rick. “We’ve spent time training on what to expect and we’re ready to go.”
To become a Red Cross volunteer, visit our volunteer page, or call 216-431-3328.
By the numbers:
· Saturday night, at least 32,399 people sought refuge in 226 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas overnight. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with an emergency shelter which hosted nearly 1,700 people last night.
· More than 2,700 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 660 are on the way.
· Shelter supplies to support more than 85,000 people are on the ground.
· Along with our partners, we have served more than a half million (515,000) meals and snacks since the storm began.
· We have trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 14 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day, and 2 more trailers are on the way.
· We also have about 150,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 5,000 on the way.
· More than 215 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies.
· Mental health and health services professionals have provided some 15,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
· We’ve distributed more than 27,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes. Cleaning and relief supplies to support more than 15,000 homes are on the ground, with an additional 5,000 on the way.