PANDORA — Becky Houserman, of Pandora, is on a deployment to the greater New York area with the Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross, dealing firsthand with the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as well as the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least 16 people in seven states died as a result of the storm, The Associated Press reported. President Obama declared a major disaster in New York and New Jersey.
“What I am hearing from folks in the field is this is worse than Hurricane Katrina. From our morning briefing, there are 271,000 homes without power and approximately 80,000 people with no home to go back to,” she said.
Houserman is married and works as the emergency program coordinator for St. Rita’s Medical Center. She has been doing disaster volunteer work for 22 years through the Red Cross.
“I go out for two-week deployments,” she said.
Houserman is working in the staff processing center where she assigns volunteers to go out in the field. She also does disaster mental health. She spends time with the workers helping to de-stress them.
Houserman said if someone is interested in helping and can be deployed, they should contact their local Red Cross Chapter. Also, if they wish to donate, the local Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or any other reputable center is good. For information, visit http://americanredcross.com.
Coldwater and Celina Kiwanis clubs hold Healthy Kids Day
COLDWATER — The Coldwater and Celina Kiwanis clubs held their annual Healthy Kids Day at Coldwater High School.
The Revolution Cycling Team participated by holding a bicycle rodeo in the school parking lot.
The Coldwater Kiwanis Club provided eight used children’s bikes to be used by those children who did not bring their own bike. This enabled more than 30 children to complete the course.
Each child received a new bicycle helmet donated by McDonalds, and a certificate upon completion of the course.