It’s been seven weeks since Hurricane Harvey slammed into Eastern Texas, leaving flooding and destruction in its wake.
Not long afterward, Hurricane Irma struck the U. S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Then there was Hurricane Maria, causing devastating damage in the USVI and Puerto Rico.
As the American Red Cross, including chapters here in Northeast Ohio, answered the call to aid those impacted by these devastating storms, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers in Las Vegas. The Red Cross responded again, sending disaster mental health workers, including Renee Palagyi, Senior Disaster Program Manager for the Northeast Ohio Region. She is among 90 local disaster workers who have been deployed since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast.
And now, we are beginning to send Red Cross workers to California in response to the deadly wildfires there.
As the disaster response continues, many of those affected have offered their thanks to the Red Cross, particularly for providing shelters, meals and comfort, as well as to the donors who make our efforts possible.