L.A. Region R.N. Reflects on Katrina Assignment in Alabama

  By Cheri Larson, RN, Volunteer, Santa Monica Bay Chapter On September 9, 2005, I flew to the Gulf Coast for a 2 week assignment as a member of the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Team that was deployed to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane left an estimated five million people without power. Homeland Security described the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as “probably the worst catastrophe,...

“You’re Really Alive”: Mental Health Volunteer Remembers Katrina Clients

by Amy Gross, Gift Planning Officer, Los Angeles and Central California Regions Here are some of my memories of working for fourteen days as a Disaster Mental Health volunteer at the Hurricane Katrina Los Angeles Chapter Service Center, where 2,500 people from the Houston Shelter were sent, to solve that shelter’s overcrowding. Los Angeles was only one of the places people were sent. I worked in the service center the last two weeks of...

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