Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Regional Executive Corner with Joel R. Sullivan, July 2016

Joel R. Sullivan
Tennessee has seen numerous storms this summer that have produced incredible lightning, damaging winds and flash flooding.  Just last week, severe storms swept through Middle Tennessee, causing flash flooding in Montgomery, Sumner, and Stewart counties.  To make matters worse, storms continued on subsequent days, causing additional flooding in these counties. Infrastructure was heavily damaged, causing the closure of over 30 roads and 16 bridges.

Red Cross volunteers were there, lending a helping hand as clean up and recovery began.  Disaster assessment and casework volunteers were out in the affected neighborhoods, providing help and hope to families whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed from the flood waters.

I’m proud to see our volunteers continue to step up to the plate and serve our neighbors in their greatest time of need.  Red Cross volunteers are often times the first face someone sees after their home is swept away by a flood or destroyed by a home fire.

I am taking this opportunity to thank all our staff and volunteers for continuing to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

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