Monday, March 30, 2009


Here at the Red Cross of Greater Chicago, we strongly urge you to pause for a moment before making a comment about this weekend’s peculiar weather.

We know, we know – it’s not supposed to snow two weeks before Easter!

The reason we ask you to take pause is because Red Cross volunteers from around the country are currently responding to North Dakota. If you having been paying attention, residents of North Dakota have been terrorized with severe weather in the past week from flooding to blizzards – and it’s not quite over yet!

A few weeks ago, we took time to chat a bit about National Deployments with the Red Cross. As of 7:30 p.m. Friday night, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has deployed ten people from the Chicagoland area to respond!

We’d like to take a moment to applaud Disaster Services very own Duane Whittingham who is currently in North Dakota on an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle, or ECRV!

The ECRV deploys to disasters and provides assists with communications with its various antennas and satellite systems. It takes about forty hours of classroom and hands on training to become an ECRV Operator and there are less than twenty ECRV’s in the United States.

We know Duane is making the Red Cross of Greater Chicago proud – be safe out there!!
~Sam and Lily

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