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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