Red Cross Readies For Worst By Partnering With State Agencies

By Eames Yates

June 19, 2013

Valdosta, GA -

With the 2013 Hurricane Season underway the Red Cross has signed an agreement with Georgia state agencies in order to provide constant disaster relief.

Jack Looney is the American Red Cross Emergency Services Program Manager. He said "it's huge, it's hugely important. No single agency can really do it all and be everywhere. So we have to rely on partners."

Those partners include the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Human Services.

The agreement was signed on Wednesday morning in Atlanta. It lasts for five years, but it's not new. It's a renewal of the last agreement.

In the event of a disaster the first responders for emergencies would still be local law enforcement. This agreement deals with the aftermath.

Looney went on to say "Red Cross would come into play such as sheltering, feeding, mass care. That's where we would come into play."

The volunteers that would help, like Hanna Carroll, have had plenty of experience with the worst of the worst natural disasters.

Carroll said "I have been working with the American Red Cross since Katrina. And we got a lot of displaced victims from Katrina to Valdosta. It makes me feel good, I'm really like I said, I feel honored that I can help."

The American Red Cross recieves no federal funding. It operates on donations and volunteers. If you'd like to help call 229 242-7404

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