As a series of tornadoes touched down in the Midwest leaving heartache and destruction, local volunteers with the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter are headed out to support the families who have lost so much. Larry Smith (pictured) of Lakewood, a trained Red Cross disaster volunteer, served on a three-week disaster relief assignment. He had just returned from Nebraska when he got the call for him to head to Des Moines, Iowa.
During his assignment, Smith served as a Red Cross government liaison. A retired US Army Captain, Smith worked with Red Cross volunteers and local city, county, and state government officials in the communities affected to coordinate Red Cross emergency response and relief activities such as sheltering, feeding, and client casework. Last summer, Smith traveled to California to aid wildfire victims as a Red Cross volunteer. He also volunteered on local disasters these last two years during the major winter storms and flood relief efforts.
All Red Cross volunteers being deployed are members of the National American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) team, a network of trained volunteers who are willing to travel across the United States to help victims of disasters and support Red Cross disaster relief efforts. For those interested in becoming trained as a Red Cross disaster volunteer, please contact the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter at (253) 474-0400 Pierce County / (360) 352-8575 Thurston-Mason Counties / (360) 748-4607 Lewis County / (360) 249-2341 Grays Harbor County or visit our web site at www.rainier-redcross.org.