Pa. Red Cross volunteers head to Kentucky

Written by on December 15, 2021

Pa. Red Cross volunteers head to Kentucky

By Emma Illick-Frank

December 15, 2021

The most important tasks are to make sure people have food and shelter. Photo | Ben Stemrich / WLVR / File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nationwide emergency response has been mobilized to Kentucky and five other states impacted by the tornadoes on Dec. 11.  

Volunteer teams from Pennsylvania will aid in recovery efforts, with Gov. Tom Wolf announcing he deployed two members of Pennsylvania’s “Task Force 1” to Kentucky. 

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The Lehigh Valley branch of the American Red Cross is also sending disaster and health care specialists to the devastated communities. 

Peter Brown, director of the Pennsylvania Rivers chapter, said the initial response will focus on providing for people’s basic needs.

“A lot of what we’ll do in the first couple days is making sure people have shelter, making sure people have food,” Brown said. 

With climate change exacerbating extreme weather events across the country,  Brown said he hopes to get more people trained in emergency preparedness and response.

“Together we can get the job done,” he said. “If everyone is trained and can do a little, no one has to try and do it all.”

The first volunteer from the Lehigh Valley, Denise Zahn, heads south this week. She is a nurse from Trexlertown. 

So far, the Red Cross has sent 200 people nationwide to assist in recovery efforts. 

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