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waiting for Irene

along the Outer Banks … the battered Frisco Pier, Cape Hatteras (July 2011)

It’s slightly rattling to think that less than a month ago we were enjoying balmy beach days along the Outer Banks on the southern end of Cape Hatteras – and now portions of the Cape are being evacuated in preparation for possibility of Hurricane Irene making landfall.  Today, as I continue to watch the weather forecasts and receive emails from the Red Cross, I find myself feeling anxious … and experiencing that pull that I felt during the tornados back in April.

Since April, I’ve logged over 430 volunteer hours with the Red Cross – a large portion involving classroom  training and local disaster response activities, from serving during the tornados to client casework with local house fires.  And now (at leaset according to my supervisors and the training staff) I am considered to be capable enough, experienced, and trained in the critical response activities necessary to respond to a national disaster should it be required.

And, very sadly, it’s looking as if this could be imminent with Hurricane Irene.

My hat is now “officially in the ring” so to speak, for national deployment – and depending on Irene’s course and resulting destruction, I may be called to deploy for a couple of weeks in September or beyond, somewhere along the East Coast.  I just hope that I will be able to serve well and make a contribution.

the Red Cross is ready …. are you?

Ironically (?) one of the functions I was encouraged to be available to serve in may involve the very stuff of, well, … the types of things I’ve been doing on this blog – they may in fact put me to work taking photos, doing some writing and PR-related work in the field.  Public exposure for purposes of fundraising and to let the public know how the Red Cross is serving is a vital component for the organization during disasters, and there is a need for people with the appropriate skill set.  Apparently they feel I could be useful in this capacity – with my camera, no less.  Who knew?  :-0

But if not serving with my camera, I am also ready to serve in Mass Care and Client Casework – activities that really hit home for me, especially after working during the tornados.

I truly hope that Irene will decide to change course and head far out into the Atlantic.  I hope that the artist’s house, Sea Rider, and all of the places I love along Cape Hatteras will be spared major devestation – along with the rest of the East Coast.   But if Irene should arrive, and if I am called, I will be honored to serve – in whatever capacity I can help with the most.  I’m a little bit nervous, but I am ready and willing.

And a reminder to all of us:  please be prepared, no matter where you live.  Please – be Red Cross Ready: make a plan, have a kit, stay informed.

dear Sea Rider … hold fast, and I hope you ride out the storm once again


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Posted by savaconta on August 25, 2011
4 Comments
  1. 08/25/2011

    Let me be the first to say Thank You for your service to our community. I have no doubt that you’ll be a great asset wherever you land, and I’m pleased to see the Red Cross understands how valuable telling the story can me. I hope you don’t have to go to NC, only because I hope they don’t sustain the kind of damage that would require that. But if you do, you’ll go with our prayers at your back.

  2. 08/27/2011
    Tim

    volunteering for Red Cross has been one of those nagging “hey I could totally do that” kinda of things for me…never seem to make the time and commit

    good on you…hope you aren’t needed…stay safe you are

    flashbacks to going through 5 of those beasts during my time at Cherry Point, NC

  3. 08/27/2011
    Tim

  4. 09/12/2012
    Sarah

    Hi,
    My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about the Outer Banks to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂
    Sarah

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