2012 Local Volunteers Deploy to National Disasters

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

Contact:  Nigel Holderby



Red Cross Deploys Local Volunteers 

Responding to Power Outages, Wildfires, Tropical Storm Debby 


American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 7/5/12


Local American Red Cross Volunteers are responding to needs across the country. Currently the Southern Missouri Region has 7 local volunteers on assignment in areas of West Virginia, Montana, Colorado and 2 more being deployed to Florida, leaving from Springfield, MO on Friday July 6, 2012.  The possibility for additional deployments is very likely as we continue to relieve Red Cross staff and volunteers from those areas who have been providing relief for individuals affected by disaster over the past few weeks.


The 2 women leaving for Florida in the morning say this is what they train for, but the best knowledge comes from being deployed. “Learning how to talk to people who have been affected by disaster is not something that you learn in a classroom.” said Rhonda.  They have both spent hours of classroom time earning certifications needed to provide disaster services as well as being very active with the local work of the Red Cross in the community.


Spending 100’s of hours over the past 5 years, Rhonda Harper has taken over 20 classes with the Red Cross, learning the skills to provide case work, sheltering and disaster assessment just to name a few. She has been out on over 10 national deployments with this being her 3rd this year already. For this trip, she is being deployed to work as a case manager, talking to people and determining their immediate needs in order to provide the necessary disaster relief. This deployment she will be filling the role of Casework Supervisor.


Dawn Thomason, deploying as a Caseworker, has been a Red Cross Volunteer for 7 years and is very active with the local Disaster Services office in Springfield, MO. This will be her first national deployment and she is excited and nervous to be headed out. “It’s the unknown. Not really knowing the conditions these people are in until you get there makes it hard to know how to prepare.” Knowing that she will be making a difference in the lives of people in need is where she is placing her focus.


If you are interested in learning how you too can be a part of the Red Cross team of volunteers in the Southern Missouri Region, a volunteer orientation class is a good place to start.  Go online to www.redcross.org to learn more about becoming a volunteer and plan to attend one of the next informational meetings. In Springfield classes will be held Tuesday July 10th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  or Thursday July 19th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


If you are not sure you have the time to volunteer, but would like to help people affected by these disasters, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.Your gift enables us to provide safe refuge in our shelters, feed those who have had to leave their homes, and offer comfort to those touched by disaster across the country and around the world.



For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: nigel.holderby@redcross.org

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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