Red Cross Mark Chism showed up at the Lincoln County Commissioners’ meeting Wednesday and said “Although there has been talk that the Red Cross has pulled out of Lincoln County, we haven’t. We’re still here.” Chism said they have six Red Cross volunteers on the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, 8 assigned to other duties and 7 more pending applicants.
Chism said that although the Red Cross actually closed their headquarters doors last year, the organization is still very active – finding temporary food and shelter for victims of house fires, for instance.
Commissioner Terry Thompson, a former Lincoln County Red Cross Board Member, said the county is strictly in search mode – seeking out people and organizations that might fill the gap left by the Red Cross. Chism quickly spoke up, reiterating that the Red Cross is still in Lincoln County.
A couple of former Red Cross volunteers were in the audience and painted a very different picture.
County commissioners told Chism that there is time to determine who or what is interested in helping Lincoln County weather a large earthquake, a tsunami and everything that goes with it. They postponed any formal action on the Red Cross appeal. They said they’d wait for Red Cross “higher ups” to attend a meeting in the near future.