It’s largely known that the American Red Cross offers assistance to communities grappling with tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and fires but did you know the Red Cross also offers assistance anytime there is a mass causality incident? In fact, the Red Cross is designated by Congress to be the “go-to” agency to provide disaster services, including crisis support, to family members and victims.
Following the July 20th movie theater shooting In Aurora, CO, the Mile High Red Cross Chapter is serving victims, witnesses and family members of those affected with trained volunteers who serve as a shoulder to lean on, extend a listening ear and provide mental health counseling. The chapter is also assisting by accommodating first responders, families, and witnesses with food and water.
This same assistance has been provided throughout the years to survivors of plane crashes, train accidents and mass casualty events such as the Virginia Tech shooting. Locally, the SEPA Chapter provided similar assistance following the deadly Duck Boat crash in July 2010.
It’s all part of serving the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Jabril Redmond, Guest Blogger, Volunteer