American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Sends Local Volunteer to help with Devastating Floods In Georgia

Red Cross volunteer Hope Koestner speaks with Alfred Hyams at a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Red Cross volunteer Hope Koestner speaks with Alfred Hyams at a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Green Bay, WI –The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched Disaster Volunteer, Hope Koestner, LPN of Green Bay, WI to Atlanta, GA to assist with the 2009 Georgia Floods.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Koestner will be flying out Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00am to Atlanta, GA. She will be assisting in the area of Health Services. Koestner will be using her skills as a licensed health care professional to assess  people’s health affected by the floods. If someone needs additional medical assistance that the shelter can not provide then they would be taken to a medical facility to get the care they need.

This is Koestner’s sixth national relief operation. She assisted in 2005 for Hurricane Wilma, in 2008 she assisted for a tornado in Georgia, flooding and a tornado in Iowa and her last assignment was for Hurricane Gustav.

Overview:
On September 21st, the State of Georgia was hit by severe weather systems which lead to flooding in many of the counties located in Metro Atlanta as well as several counties in the northern part of the state. The severe flooding had an immediate impact and resulted in numerous power outages, road closures, uninhabitable homes and school district closings. In addition, nine fatalities have been linked to the flooding since September 21st.

American Red Cross Response Efforts:

More than 600 Red Cross volunteers are providing stability and hope for families in this time of chaos.  Through mobile outreach into flood-affected areas, Red Cross caseworkers are connecting one-on-one with people in need and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter, and health-related concerns.  Red Cross Emergency Vehicles are providing mobile feeding and distributing clean-up supplies in flood-ravaged neighborhoods.

As of September 28, the Red Cross has sheltered nearly 500 people (1,643 overnight stays), served 12,715 meals and 11,495 snacks, and distributed 2,045 clean-up and comfort kits. Volunteers are also helping with emergency medical needs and providing emotional support and counseling to those traumatized by the events surrounding them.  The Red Cross is working with its local partners to connect those in need with the available community resources.

Preliminary damage assessment reports indicate that 1,939 homes (459 destroyed; 517 with major damage) have been affected by flooding in 20 counties.

Help people affected by disasters like the current floods by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.