Three Red Cross volunteers from Arkansas are lending a hand with flood disaster relief in South Carolina.
They’re part of the massive response to what has been called a 1 in 1,000 year flood that has left destruction in South and North Carolina.
“We are more than happy to provide support to our neighbors on the East Coast,” stated Regional Communications Director Brigette Williams in a news release issued Monday. “Arkansas is fortunate to have teams of well skilled and dedicated responders who stand ready to help others when needed.”
Laurie Gent is deploying as a Red Cross nurse and mental health specialist. While this is her first national deployment, Laurie’s care has been provided during numerous deployments around Arkansas including floods in Pocahontas, the Vilonia tornado as well as response to home fires.
James Kelley of Conway recently returned from a deployment to the California wildfires. Kelley has taken part in previous national level responses including this summer’s floods in Oklahoma, the Vilonia tornado and the 2013 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
Carroll Abbott of Fort Smith is also well experienced with response to this summer’s Oklahoma floods, 2015 spring tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas’ ice storm. Both men will work with logistics and asset protection. Their duties will include managing emergency shelter inspections and safety procedures.
The three will start their work in the town of Florence, which is two hours north of Charleston.
“With undesired weather conditions and roads either closed or unpassable, we’re all interested in how the travel to get to Florence will end,” stated Williams. “It’s one of those hardships they’re used to figuring out safely during disaster responses. They understand the difficulties of the assignment, such as the interruption of the water supply, loss of utilities, when they accept the mission.”