American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Volunteer Nurse Heading to Tennessee

Red Cross volunteer Hope Koestner plays with Jalynn Sheppard in a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, LA. - Hurricane Gustav, 9.08

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Volunteer, Hope Koestner will be leaving tomorrow morning for Nashville to help people impacted by the flooding in Tennessee.  Hope will be assigned to Disaster Health Services and will be assisting with shelter operations and with local public health officials.

Hope has experience in working large disasters including previous assignments in 2009 for flooding in Georgia and 2008 for Hurricane Gustav, flooding in Iowa and tornados in Georgia.

She is leaving Green Bay on Delta Flight #382 and would be available at terminal for interview at approximately 8:15am.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; 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 or join our blog at

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