American Red Cross Deploys Local Volunteer to Mississippi

It’s almost lunch time and 10 year-old Tyaleia Allen is having her first meal of the day; that’s being provided by the American Red Cross. Photo Credit: Tamica Smith-Jeuitt/American Red Cross

American Red Cross volunteer Tom Powell, of Ripon, will be leaving Wednesday, April 20, for Jackson, MS to help the people impacted by the multiple tornadoes and storms that affected not just Mississippi but also Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Arkansas.

Tom is assigned to go out as a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor. As a supervisor he potentially could be over seeing other mental health volunteers working in a shelter, service center or helping with outreach teams in the field.  Tom will obtain his specific assignment and location once he lands in Jackson,MS.

Disasters can have a huge emotional impact on people and it is great to have trained volunteers, like Tom, that are there to lend a shoulder and just be there for someone to talk to,” said Nick Clippert, Emergency Services Manager, East Central WI Chapter.

This will be Tom’s fourth national disaster assignment. His first was for Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and he has also assisted in mental health for the Wisconsin Floods in 2007 and 2008.

Tom was a clinical Psychologist at Theda Clark before retirement and has been a Red Cross mental health volunteer for seven years.

Tom is the second local Red Cross person to be deployed to help with the Southern Tornadoes. Sunday, April17, Barbara Behling, regional community development officer for the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin, arrived in Raleigh,NC. She is working with the Red Cross Public Affairs Team.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help people affected by disasters like these tornadoes and wildfires. You can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross,P.O. Box 37243,Washington,DC20013.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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