The American Red Cross has had a busy spring and summer. Tornadoes, floods and wildfires have wreaked havoc across the country. We have responded to nearly 50 large-scale disasters in nearly 30 states since late March.
Our dedicated volunteers deploy to these emergencies for weeks at a time, working 12- to 14-hour days serving those who need our help.
Local volunteer Marcus Lineberger of Gold Hill has gone on five deployments since April. He put in long hours working in behind-the-scenes roles to ensure the response efforts were up and running.
“While you’re on deployment, you’re running on adrenaline,” he said. “And if you like what you do, you don’t focus on the exhaustion.”
First, Lineberger was sent to Smithfield, N.C., after the recent tornadoes. His second deployment was in Chattanooga, Tenn., which was also hit hard by tornadoes. In Tennessee, he helped set up the headquarters for the Red Cross response efforts through the use of an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV).
Lineberger then deployed to Oklahoma City, Okla., after tornadoes hit. In Oklahoma, he again worked to set up the Red Cross response efforts.
After Oklahoma, Lineberger went to Springfield, Mass., and finally, Minot, N.D., for the Red Cross response to the floods.
“I saw so much damage, destruction and individuals who fell fell victim to nature’s wrath,” he said. “But people in these affected areas need the Red Cross, because they need to know they aren’t on their own after a disaster. They need a place to go so the rebuilding can start.”
Of everything Lineberger learned while on his many deployments, he said the most notable is that there are a lot of very compassionate, sincere volunteers with the American Red Cross.
“I’ll deploy again soon,” he said. “I just need a little time to recharge.”
If you are interested in seeing how you can become an American Red Cross volunteer, contact Hope Martin at MartinHope@usa.redcross.org or 704.378.4628