Coast Guard Sends More Crews, American Red Cross Sends Volunteers For Hurricane Harvey

People in Northern Michigan are doing what they can to help those caught in the floods.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City sent crews.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross are also headed south.

“We’re flexible, we’ll support in any way we can,” said Lieutenant Erin Nolan.

The spirit here in Northern Michigan in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

 “We sent seven people today and we sent twelve people on Friday,” said Lieutenant Nolan. “In addition, we also sent two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from our aircraft in Waukegan Illinois down on Friday as well.”

Because of their training, Coast Guard crews are able to respond and save lives, no matter the situation

“Semper Paratus is the Coast Guard’s motto and we strive to always be ready for anything and I think that this is a good example of a time where that motto really pays dividends for us to prepare for the worst even though we hope we never have to see the worst,” said Lieutenant Nolan.

More than 60 American Red Cross volunteers from Michigan have already made the drive down to Texas and they will be helping out with sheltering, casework, disaster assessment and much more.

“It’s not easy, it’s hard work, its long hours, it’s certainly not a vacation but I need to say that it’s all worth it,” said Carol Rabineau, disaster program manager.

And if you are wondering if you should become a volunteer…

“If you were homeless and you lost everything, could you imagine not having a place to go, not having food to eat, not having resources to help you in your recovery,” said Rabineau. “So that’s what our volunteers are all about.”

For more information on how to become a Red Cross volunteer, click here.

Categories: Home