Sunday, I prepared a big meal for my son, Billy Bob and his family. Dinner was at 5:00. I was ahead of scheduled. I had an hour or so before I needed to start the potatoes, so I sat down to watch a little T.V. and perhaps sneak in a cat nap when my phone rang.
The number was not familiar but the voice on the other end quickly identified themselves.
“This is the Red Cross.”
“Sure, Hi…” I replied.
“There is a fire in your town on Main Street. Would you be available to go?” he asked.
“Certainly” I replied
I quickly summed MacGyver and out the door we flew. Much to our surprise it was the home of a friend. The tiny house on Main Street less than a block from me was now surrounded by red lights flashing. Fire trucks, police cars and EMS had the street block, and we were quickly stopped by a local officer. I informed the officer that I was with the Red Cross and he waved us through. I darted from the truck and up to the house I ran, scanning the area for any sight of Monica or Larry.
You see, four years ago, I became a volunteer for our local Red Cross Chapter along with FEMA, specializing in disaster relive. The devastating hurricane of 2005, Katrina, prompted my interests in serving. My family and I had recently moved back to Illinois from Baton Rouge, La and seeing those pictures were heart breaking. We were able to keep in contact with friends from the area, but I felt so helpless. I vowed that I would never feel that helplessness again. That whatever I had to do I would and prayed that I would never be called but I was ready, and would have the connections to support those in need when faced with a disaster.
So, for the next couple of day I will devote this little blog to the Americana Red Cross and all those who are or have helped Monica and Larry during this disaster.
I urge everyone to think about what you would do if a disaster suddenly changed life. Just as Monica and Larry had their lives changed in a matter of seconds. A disaster can occur in seconds.
What would you do?
I hope that you will come back and visit this site as I tell you the story of Monica and Larry. I hope that you might also be encouraged to join your local chapter. There is always a need for your help!