Red Cross Volunteers Transfer From Florida To Mississippi

Volunteers from Indiana have traveled to Florida and now to Mississippi to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Red Cross volunteer assists in the kitchen.

Photo: Courtesy Red Cross

A Red Cross volunteer assists in the kitchen.

As Hurricane Isaac has changed patterns, so are Red Cross volunteers from Indiana that have gone south to help with the storm. More than 250 displaced residents have already received assistance from the Red Cross.

Bloomington resident and volunteer Shirley Scherschel left last Friday, for Tampa to a Northwest Florida shelter. After being there two days, she moved on to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, when Hurricane Isaac changed directions. She says the weather has not let up.

“Last night I thought we were going to get blown away. We were in the motel room and we could hear the wind and the rain through the walls of the motel,” says Scherschel.

Thursday Scherschel was transferred to the Gulf Port headquarters where she’s assigning volunteers.

“I have two or three shelter workers who are available and two or three client case workers who are available, a damage assistant who is available,” she says.

More help is still needed. Shelters already have opened in five states. Scherschel is expected to assist for about two more weeks.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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