Vermont Red Cross team deployed to coastal Maine as Hurricane Bill sweeps north

first_imgAs Hurricane Bill races up the east coast, bringing the threat of dangerous surf and potential flooding to coastal New England, Vermont Red Cross staff have been deployed to support any disaster relief needs that may arise. The storm is expected to glance off the coast, but could still threaten the region.The Vermont team led by Timothy Stetson, Senior Director of Emergency Services for the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region will coordinate paid and volunteer staff as they move to the Red Cross emergency response center in Bangor, Maine this morning to await calls for support over the next 48 72 hours. As the Vermont team swings into action, additional volunteer staff is on standby and ready to move into coastal response areas as needed.  Each year the American Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disaster incidents Hurricanes, Fire, Storms, Floods, and Tornados – serving those in need with shelter, mass care and other forms of assistance. Across the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region over 7000 of our neighbors have been helped by local Red Cross volunteers in their hour of greatest need this year alone.Hurricane Bill serves as a reminder of the potential for large scale disasters in our region and the continuing need for volunteers to join the Red Cross team in support our neighbors. In anticipation of this hurricane season, and the never ending need right here at home, the Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers to join our team. If you are interested in supporting your community locally, and possible responding to major disasters nationwide, contact us at800-660-9130 extension 110.We will train you and support you as together we work to make our region and our nation a safer place for all of us.About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org(link is external).Source: Vermont Red Cross. ( Burlington Vermont, August 21, 2009) –last_img read more