Column: Red Cross response efforts exceptional in time of need

As I think back over the five years since the June 2008 flood, my first thought is always my hope that it was the last disaster of that size to ever take place here.

As the executive director of American Red Cross programs and services for six counties and a former teacher, I tend to always think in terms of lessons learned, and after the 2008 flood, there were many. Here are just a couple:

From a strictly Red Cross standpoint, one of the best lessons learned was when we call them, they really do come, and come quickly. That is, when the Red Cross response needs exceed the capacity of the local chapter response capabilities, regional and national Red Cross resources are deployed very quickly and efficiently to the affected area.


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