Red Cross needs more volunteers
The word went out that 400 people were being evacuated from their homes. The fire was in Walker, Calif. Immediately the American Red Cross responded with cots and meals, and a shelter was established. The next day a fire fighting plane fell from the sky. Again, the Red Cross responded by providing Mental Health workers to counsel those who witnessed the accident. An Emergency Response Vehicle sat ready to serve cold drinks and snacks to the many fire fighters who passed by. They were also given a place to rest and shower facilities. Through a mutual aid agreement with Mono County, the shelter operation was run by the Reno Chapter, however six members of the South Lake Tahoe Disaster Response Team also participated. The South Shore Team worked in the shelter, staffed the ERV and assisted in the Emergency Operations Center. While some of the South Shore Team remained in Tahoe in case they were needed here, the following members spent two and a half days at the Walker shelter, working eight- to1hour shifts. Those who worked at the Walker site are:
Bob “Mac” McGuire, Dorothy McGuire, Diane McCall, Diane Scheidt, Jackie Cramer and John Garofalos.
“It’s going to be a long dangerous fire season this year”, said Dorothy McGuire, government liaison between agencies and the Red Cross Team at South Shore. “We really could use more volunteers.” Anyone interested will be trained in Shelter Operations, Mass Care and Feeding, and single family assistance. Contact Dorothy McGuire at (530) 541-1902.