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Ferrum College's Rebecca Austin Mobilized for Hurricane Relief Efforts


She joins other Children’s Disaster Services volunteers providing childcare services in New Jersey.

Ferrum, Va. (Nov. 1, 2012) – Ferrum College’s Rebecca Austin, of Boones Mill, was mobilized earlier this week to join Children’s Disaster Services as a volunteer assisting with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in West Long Branch, NJ. The volunteers are stationed at Monmouth University and provide childcare services.

Austin first volunteered and received specialized training for Children’s Disaster Services after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This is the first disaster for which she has been called to help with relief efforts.

“I am fortunate to have never experienced any disaster in the area in which I live,” said Austin shortly before heading north. “I feel that we, as people who live in safety and ease, have a responsibility to do what we can to help others when something the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy occurs.”

Austin has worked for the College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum for 13 years. She plans to assist with relief efforts for as long as two weeks.

Children’s Disaster Services meets the needs of children by setting up childcare centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires or any natural or human caused disaster.

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