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View Diary: URGENT FROM BOGALUSA...PEOPLE ARE F**KING DYING (254 comments)

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  •  background checks (4.00)
    they have to do criminal background checks for every volunteer.  Due to the influx of volunteers, and the resources being used to train them, and the fact that their experienced pool is out in the field, the paperwork process for things like background checks are stretched.  

    For those of you who cannot go to affected areas because of jobs or family obligations, there is also a great need for people to do things like data entry and other office work at your local Red Cross chapters.  Call them and see if they need help--my local chapter was begging for it.

    I went through the disaster relief training a week and a half ago and just was called Friday night; was told to be ready to go on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I'll find out exactly where I'm being sent on Monday.  Coordinating where to send 40,000 people is, obviously, also a logistical nightmare...especially since the population at the centers changes every day.

    If I end up anywhere near you, Barbara, I'll be in touch to see what (if anything) I can do to get your message heard by the shelter managers, and the teams that go out for home visits.

    •  Blessings on your work (4.00)
      I volunteered the day Katrina hit, but have never been called, despite several years' experience with DSHR. But we've got 8000 Katrina heroes (NOT victims, NOT refugees) in town, and I've been doing casework for them. After you get to LA, please tell us why the LA RC cannot handle disbursements. That has actually been one of the problems here, but we kept improvising. One day we'd hand out DOs (vouchers), one day checks, one day debit cards, several days of "Your check/card will be here tomorrow." I'm ready to settle for suitcases full of small, unmarked bills. It seems the banks weren't ready for, "We need 200,000 debit cards. When? Right now."
      •  sounds like I'm going to Montgomery (none)
        AL, on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I should get info on travel arrangements tomorrow.

        I will ask if debit cards are an issue and what the reason for that is.  We were told in training that disbursements would be via debit cards...  

        >> Blessings on your work

        Back atcha.  :)

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