April 23, 2012
By Ashley Ream | For The Red Cross
In the aftermath of the storms that hit our neighbors, friends, and family to the East of us; we not only count our blessings for everyone’s safety, but take this time to reflect on how we can be ready for this disaster season. The severe weather in the Dallas area just reminds us of the importance of being prepared in advance for severe weather. The American Red Cross urges all those interested in helping during disasters to get trained sooner than later.
The American Red Cross works to educate the community on how to be ready when the time comes for a storm, not only by building a disaster kit for your immediate loved ones, but by also being trained to help your community when they are in need. Since disasters are often incredibly unpredictable, especially those in our area which was made evident by the Dallas area tornadoes, we want to take this opportunity to help prepare you and your family.
The importance of having our Disaster Action Teams in the panhandle area is as simple as you being the expert. In your community, you are the one familiar with the territory, you are the one that knows and understands the needs and people in your community.
Now is the time for you to prepare. You can become an American Red Cross volunteer and represent your community in times of need. By representing the American Red Cross in your community you are increasing response times and providing a unique connection. When you volunteer and respond to a disaster in your community you won’t be just a random stranger but their next door neighbor, someone who has a close and personal relationship with them, that is there to comfort them in their time of need.
We always need you so please pass the word along about the importance of being trained in advance. You can register today as a Red Cross Volunteer today so you are trained and ready to respond when the next disaster strikes.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For more information, visit www.amarillo.redcross.org or contact Molly Mabery at 806-765-8534.