Local Red Cross members serving in tornado-rocked Florida
Published 6:47 am Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Delivering meals; may be there three weeks
By NIKIE MAYO, News Editor
Three members of the Beaufort County chapter of the American Red Cross are working in one of the central-Florida communities hit by deadly tornadoes early Friday morning.
Lady Lake, Fla., is one of the communities rocked by tornadoes that killed 20 people and left hundreds of residents homeless. When that portion of the state was declared a national disaster area, the Red Cross, known for its disaster response, sent out a call for volunteers.
Two men from Washington — Thomas Fenn and Bruce Jarvah — and Johnie Williams of Bath answered that call. They’re working from emergency-response vehicles, delivering meals to disaster-stricken residents there three times daily. They left Beaufort County on Saturday. They may be in Florida for up to three weeks.
Volunteers who respond to disaster areas are required to take classes and become certified in the services they provide, she said.
Sandy Fenn is Thomas Fenn’s wife. She received a call from him Monday, informing her volunteers are putting in 12-hour work days.
The volunteers are staying in a hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., and are working from the Red Cross unit in that city. They may move to a shelter later this week.
The three Beaufort County volunteers working in Florida also worked on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.