Triangle volunteers travel to Texas to aid victims of flooding
Posted June 2, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Soldiers are the latest victims of an onslaught of deadly flooding across Texas with no sign of relief in sight.
Volunteers from North Carolina have joined the effort to help the victims in need, including Red Cross volunteers from the Triangle.
Amid the relentless downpours, the Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a State of Emergency in 31 counties.
“We are sending six volunteers to the area to support damage relief assessments and mental health support, and direct assistance as families flee the area to try and recover once the waters recedes,” said Barry Porter.
As many as 6,000 homes could be affected by the latest round of flooding.
Eleven volunteers from the Triangle have been working in Texas for 14 to 16 hours a day.
Porter said the situation calls for experienced volunteers who have become accustomed to disaster situations.
“These are volunteers with multiple years of training in the Red Cross system,” he said. “[They’ve] been to multiple disaster sites and know how to lead and organize a disaster response.”
Porter added that volunteers don’t just help with property loss, but they also pay attention to the emotional toll a disaster can take on those affected.
“Both the clients, disaster victims, the community at large, and even our volunteers who have dealt with tragedy and loss and trying to be the encourager for weeks on end, sometimes also need that mental health support,” he said.