- I was only one of many thousands of volunteers who give their heart, soul, and time volunteering with the American Red Cross every day and all over the country. When you see disasters on the news, like the explosion we had a few days ago at a Grain Mill in Cambria, Wisconsin, there are volunteers quickly getting to the disaster to provide food, shelter, and counseling services to those affected.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter Ten: Bones - Daily Journals of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response
My book is primarily based on the journals I wrote every day while volunteering after the events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy. From Sunday, September 18, 2005:
"As I learned after 9/11, flexibility is the key to being a successful volunteer. I’ve been provided with quite a bit of information in order to be adequately prepared. I’ve reviewed the current online orientation and signed forms to show I know what will be expected. We’ve been told we must understand there are extreme hardship conditions on this relief operation and must be prepared to personally care for ourselves. There is, and will be, no electricity (no hair dryer, no curling iron), no air conditioning, no potable water, very limited cell phone coverage, and no landline coverage. If lucky enough to be in a hotel, I must be able to carry all my gear, as elevators may not work. Due to these conditions, very few stores and restaurants are open and those that are have not been re-supplied. We must avoid becoming victims due to lack of preparation."