Chicago Red Cross Representatives Help In Michael's Aftermath

Bob Roberts
October 12, 2018 - 10:10 pm

The News-Press via USA TODAY NETWORK


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicagoans who work or volunteer with the Red Cross Chicago chapter are already hard at work in areas in five states hit hard by Hurricane Michael.

Some moved directly from Hurricane Florence disaster relief to helping communities hit hard by Michael.        

Brian Nestler considers himself fortunate. The Red Cross employee was home for eight days before he received the call to fly into Orlando and make his way to Tallahassee to head a disaster assessment team. The team determines what specific neighborhoods need and get it as quickly as possible.

Florida personnel cleared Interstate 10 quickly, he said. Off the interstate was another story. Nestler said he found downed and uprooted trees, blown-out windows, downed light pole and wires and shattered homes. 

The Red Cross provided plenty of advance training, and pre-positioned some of the most-sought-after items, including food, water and clothing, he said. 

He is a small cog in a much larger effort that includes more than 1,000 Red Cross employees and volunteers from across the country. 

Want to help? He says Chicagoans can help best by donating cash and blood to the organization.