Sunday, May 13th


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Hello radio family welcome to another weekend edition of community focus extending a good morning to you when thanking you as always. For wonderful company every Saturday and Sunday morning it's urinary intercom stations on her name on not only glad to be back with you. But glad to return to talk about good people who were doing really good things in our communities. The gentleman who joins me this morning is not only the newest member of our community focused family. But he serves in the capacity. Other executive director of the Red Cross. Rappers and in the local Piedmont Triad chapter so let me first of all say good morning. TU John Hughes thank you for taking the time now to talk to us more in depth about the Red Cross. And with that gives us an overview about the history. And the heritage of the Red Cross. Adding that it's quite a legacy well thanks a lot are Frisch. A dad and the that the heritage in the early beginnings of the Red Cross is something them. Really a very few people know about they they think of the Red Cross in the standpoint of Clara Barton. And Clara Barton was the founder of the American Red Cross but the Red Cross goes back much further than Atticus back to the the the period. Just. And that the around the American civil war period of time. And really began as an organization in Geneva Switzerland first. After a Swiss businessman on Reid to not. Witnessed. The the devastation and the injury in the death on a battlefield in Italy as he was traveling. And when he went back to Geneva team pulled together some of his. Well to do Geneva friends and they discussed what they could do and that was really the beginnings not only of what became the Red Cross but also that's while we have the Geneva conventions and so. At that time the original formation of the Red Cross. Is that is the group that is the committees the international committee of red cross and red crescent. And and that was a group. That that is still today. Their role is two to monitor. Treatment of prisoners of war and that they throughout history. You know win the Red Cross. Visited. Prison camps or soap or so forth to check on the treatment of prisoners and that's what that part of the organization did and and still does today. But it was. Later than that. Sometime past that time that Clara Barton visited. Switzerland. After her time. Where she began first providing aid and comfort on the battlefields during the American civil war. She visited. Europe and learned of this organization and she came back and for several years. She she worked. With congress in campaign herself to try to get. The creation of the American Red Cross because in order for a Red Cross society do exist in a country. The government of that country has who agree to abide by the Geneva conventions. And that's why. That was that was a long effort on her part she was she was persistent in 1981. Is when. The American Red Cross was formed and then many of our many of our chapters around the country then sprang up. Not that many back at that period in time we organization worked on some major disasters and events in the country there were some. Very large events that occurred. I different parts of the country such as the Galveston great Galveston. Hurricane that killed thousands of people. And some big fires and so with that occurred in large cities but then chapter started springing up and there was a a lot of those that formed. Around the period of 1917. In fact just this past year. Here in in our area Piedmont Triad and actually cross much of North Carolina we celebrated our hundredth anniversary of the the chartering of the Red Cross chapters here and in this area. And I really do appreciate you sharing your history know let me ask you this dude chapters. Or chapters. Still developed or do they continue. Not develop what we've what we've done is I would say more than rather than develop policy fault what I mean by that is that. Yeah historically there every anywhere you had to smoke a community the town on a group of community leaders that came together. That's all the need for the organization of Red Cross in their community. That group came together and they formed a board in a put forward the necessary paperwork to apply. To be a chartered. Chapter of the Red Cross which had to be approved by the board of governors in Washington. But at one time there were as many as close to 3000 chapters on time across the country. Because any town any community could have so did you may have accounting the size of let's just take Guilford County as an example. We've got a couple of good sized cities with high point Greensboro which you also got other areas are right around here so. They're one time what would've been a Greensboro chapter five point shepherd Thomas will chapter Lexington chapter. So there were multiple chapters all within us a small geography. Yeah and so what's happened is through that process of evolving. Realize that there's got to be a better business model of how we manage the resources and so that evolving means that we've. Limited the number we've we've we've had more his sense of I guess mergers and coming together. That realize that a resource is can be better used by covering larger geography is of course. Access in the ways to get around always communicated very different today than they were a hundred years ago. And you John have. Invested how many years in this organization. It's been almost it'll be 36 years in jail actually for me that is amazing and congratulations. Now I've also learned that you have been to. The state of Pennsylvania. I have I spent sixteen years and northeast Pennsylvania and I'm nine years and upstate new York and certainly we are very happy that you are currently. Here in North Carolina and really appreciate. What you have give then and your commitment to serve our various communities John now let's talk about the mission and the vision. Of the Red Cross is is still the same core. Yes it is well. Our our our our mission is to to help people. In times of of of to help and prevent I guess is the best way to put it a should be able just to rattle that off speed that's one of those things that's anybody should be able to do that but it. Essentially is to prevent and alleviate humans are suffering them. And in the face of emergencies. And we do that by mobilizing the power of volunteers. And our donors and I think that I wanna say it's imported about. Is that. Red Cross could not do what it does as an organization. With out the volunteers and the donors and the way I look at is those are the organization that's those all those people who make up the Red Cross. It requires the people that are putting the financial resources into it because we are entirely your charitable fund organization and what we do in the community every day. But it's also we are. Driven and run by volunteers and to put that in perspective for you. I think the best way I can explain this to people is. But some numbers around. And in the area that I cover the Piedmont Triad is eleven counting area. Which would be the account letting county area that most often would be viewed as the Piedmont Triad with. The center of that being Carter's go from my home encouraged bill I can get just about anywhere there's eleven counties. From mount area being the the furthest to them to the northwest and and as spur of being the furthest to the southeast and and and Burlington and and and reason bill and and and Jacksonville all all around that area. Those that span of eleven counties. Within our humanitarian resource. Part of the organization that works through the chapter. And I I want clarified that that's not the people that are running the blood drives that's separate that's a separate part of the organization that that that does the blood drives. But just within the the area that I'm responsible for those eleven counties there are nine paid employees. And so I say that to put make it clear that the resources. Or use certainly very wisely first of all very judiciously. But. But it's volunteers who make it work. It's the volunteers who lead our organization as board members of this committee members as taking leadership rolls even and things like. Disaster response. And and then it's our volunteers who were delivering on that mission every day the people they get up. In the middle of the night. In all kinds of weather and leave their house to go and help someone else it's the volunteers that are doing those things that people that are taking the calls. 24 hours a day to assist our our military families in crisis. And in so many of the things that were doing to help people in the community every day. It's the volunteers that make that possible and it's a financial donors that make provides us. The material resources to make that possible. Thank you very much John for sharing. Particularly how important our volunteers and donors are. To our various communities with a question there is much compassion. In your voice in what you get to do on a daily basis. Thank you again and thank you radio family you were listening to the week in addition. A community focus again her Saturday and Sundays and our inner comes stations. I'm Renee Vonn joined fine once again the newest member of our Q a family and John Hughes. Again he is the executive director. Of the local Piedmont Triad chapter of the Red Cross. And John in talking about. Natural disasters. Which. In RJ in time. Are occurring. More so on a frequent basis. Please talk about your involvement we think back to. The weakened Sunday April 15 2018. A date. That very likely for those who weren't directly impacted by this tornado. Won't soon forget. Johnny if you can please talk about you wore involvement as it was. Devastating. Devastating situation for both Guilford and in Rockingham counties. It it is certainly was tragic and it was the biggest disaster or certainly that we've had in this area in. Many many years. Or decades in in Red Cross terminology week. We. Grade disasters. Or number of them based on size and size meaning. How much we anticipate it's going to cost us. To deliver that you know what the expense will be in total of all the assistance and everything that we're providing. And in some cases the numbers of people that are impacted by that. And just are normal daily activity that we've doing disaster and I say normal daily activity. It is responding to lose to fires that's what we're doing on a daily basis in the community every day. Somewhere pretty much in those eleven counties somebody is having a fire. In their home where their apartments. Are or. Wherever they they live and and and they need our assistance. And so Harley day goes by that I don't get some report. Of a response that we're making with an. Well those are level one disastrous generally. And then. Then as the numbers the dollar amounts go up we move out to a level to. And and then this the span of of goes up to a level seven. And to help that put that in perspective for you. Hurricane Harvey last year. And for that matter I would say probably Maria hermit who were all levels seven. Disasters. So that's the largest we get the first time we ever had a level subliminal actually was hurricane. Katrina. And so that's only had a at a higher level. To. Because the dollar of a mouse and the cost for getting beyond anything we've ever done before. But it this disaster this tornado was a level three. For us and so. That means that. What are our expectation is that our total commitment on that which still. Still work is going on but. Somewhere between a 162200000. Dollars. And and an aid and assistance that we have provided and will be providing those. Those families locally who have been impacted by that. That disaster by those those tornadoes. That that touchdown. On that that fateful evening. We just have to help you understand what's included in that. The first thing we do as we opened a shelter or work called upon and I say we opened a shelter because mercy management's responsible for disaster. And and we collaborate with him we partner with the them and that mercy management makes a decision on what the need is and they notify us and say we need to to open a shelter FedEx location. And it may be a multiple locations. In this case it was one location but but. By 8 o'clock on that Sunday night. The fifteenth of April 1 that that. Tornado struck Greensboro we had a shelter open by 8:8 PM for people to go to and we operate that shelter for for about the next two weeks. But also with by the next. Within by Monday. All of those the day after. We were getting are feeding operations outside of the shelter into our mobile feeding operations weather emergency response vehicles. And we were able to do that fairly quickly we have two vehicles based here in the Triad one based in Greensboro and based in Winston-Salem. A bit then we had our friends from. From on the west from Hickory they drove in with the crew with a and other trucks so we were able then to have three of those vehicles on the road. And we did that for pretty much most of the next two weeks as well or doing them mobile feeding. We also brought in some box trucks were we were doing distribution. Of ball items to people. So just in terms of feeding total in the shelters as well as all level mobile feeding and that's this includes meals as well hostess snacks that we would be. Distributing. We were looking at over thirteen thousand. Meals and snacks that were distributed in that that that two week period of time. And as far as all items I'm talking about things such as clean up supplies. A blue tarps people needed parts to cover their roofs the holes in the roofs. Storage plastic storage containers. Rakes. Gloves. Masks. Various things that people would need for a purposes of cleanup and safety in storage of their belongings. That we were distributing as well as bottled water lots of water was being being passed out. So over 2500 of those types of items ball items that were distributed. During that period of time. And and and we continue to work was where those folks we've move from that is the into the recovery phase in and where were. Working with people on their long term needs and and in together with many other community organizations as well as organizations from outside the community. That comment to help in that there's a lot of church and faith based organizations. That have. Disaster. Types of missions that they were within we we Parker close a little with a lot of them. The baddest men as one of those organizations that. They go to. They go to disasters all over the place and they run soup kitchens they run. They have cleanups supplies they and they SA clean up I should say. At that point cleanup and recovery kinds of things where they were in force certainly in Greensboro. Where they ran with her chain saws and and cleaning debris and doing that kind of work but we work together with them sold a major disaster for example. We may provide the the food to the to the baddest men. For them to prepare meals in their kitchen. Which in turn goes back into our containers are are insulated containers they go all are feeding fans that we then distribute the mobile the mood the food out. Through a mobile feeding operations so it's a great partnership. But I know when I was down in. Couple years ago down in the west eastern part of the state following hurricane Matthew. Was staring in meetings in the early days. Of the long term recovery and we had. The Lutheran organization was there the Methodist organization was there. And the Catholics in the organization of various organizations are coming in do disaster recovery work and everybody has their own niche. Like this at some prefer provide food some provide clean up some provide a construction. Then I two really good at that there there master builders and as soon different different faith based organizations that are critical on this. And I know here also in the recovery area samaritans purse was in doing their work as well several groups coming together. What then did you see any participation from many corporations. Wanting to help or possible there was tremendous participation its its hard it's hard to really. Even explain it but it but it's just that. That that the goodness in people's hearts at that time it come out wanting to help their neighbors wanting to help their fellow man. And we saw all that in in a huge way we're we're in other words there's a kind of thing we're. People are going to help somebody clean up they're taking people food but what was pretty amazing in the early days was just. Who were there were deceased pop up. A place of people would just take their grills out. Or if somebody that had a big trailer like a big barbecue triarc. Where they were just park in and a parking lot somewhere or editor and intercept major intersection in the affected area. And start preparing the meals and and so in the early days there was certainly no shortage of of that kind of caring and compassion going on our part in disaster a big disaster. Is staying the course. And everybody wants to help. But that where stand fairly quickly. And when something when the people that are impacted by the disaster it's not something that's over quickly it it's it's weeks and sometimes months. And and that sustained. Care and support is what's important but all of it is certainly most appreciated by all of those who were benefiting from it. Just as you mentioned earlier it really is all about neighbor helping neighbor. And not just in a physical capacity which brings Qiyue discussing how persons donating with the financial resources. That are available how can someone help in this fast. Well I've I appreciate that question and I would say that there or. Two primary ways that people can help donations are always appreciated. And we can't deliver our mission without the financial support and we are and Harley supported by charitable dollars so whether that's from individuals. Corporations foundations. Whatever that may be. It's that's that's necessary for us to do our war. And so people can always make that donation they can do I don't line they can do edit calling an 800 Red Cross number they can. They consider checked or local officers just many ways they can make that donation. And talk about dollars going back to the community. Now John share with our listeners the number of phone apps that are currently available I guess that is something that. We've had in place now probably been. 78 years or more now that we first started with a apps in the first one was the first state area. And and it's was one you can download on your phone and it in you can look up like what do you do for bee sting for example. And always Ozal little. I don't know why I was always a little I thought that it was odd that you would have an app for something like. Let's just say CPR is an example hopefully your you know how to do it because when you need that skill. I you don't wanna have to look it up on your phone figured out because all those seconds are. Or or priceless to that person who needs that so we would encourage people to get the CPR training in the first aid training as well but the gap is nice to have. But that's how it started. And then it grew from there to just many different apps in the ones today that. Or just have a tremendous. Benefit. One that was benefit that beneficial to some people. And there is that we just talked about back and April with a tornado. Is one of the one is for storms and tornadoes it's a warning in you can have an audible warning turned all that out. And if there is say a a tornado or some something of that nature that's close to you. That app will go often don't virtue. And it's usually prior to any other alerts going off. I I I can attest to that personally. When a few years ago I was actually in a meeting a morning meeting in in reason bill. At a at. Business in downtown. And as I was leaving that meeting. The apple my phone went off. Telling me that there was a there was a tornado warning. In which the radio in my radio car radio than Ed was erupted. The program to tell me that. There where there were saying that something had been spotted. A cloud and funnel and so forth and know where to go where does that work to avoid in those kinds of things and and so there were all those warnings there there were happening and and hours. Glad to know that that system worked and now we have testimonials from people that say their lives have been saved because there's apps. But. Is there and there are most all of all the apps that I spoken about are free. What to do I mean there's a one for shelters were to go find shelter. A safe and well laps to let family and friends knows that that if you've been and disaster that your your okay. And then there's one half that has a small cost to it that is the only one that does and it's one it's also been very popular and that is pat first day that people know how to take care of their pets. Well radio family as it usually. Is the case and engaging great conversation with members of our community focused family times. As a way of slipping away from us but before we do bring. This weekend additional community focus to a close. We only talked about some of the ways in which the Red Cross serves our various communities if you should need additional information. You can certainly visit Red Cross dot org in the meantime I wanna say thanks once again to the newest member of our community focused family. And you mr. John Hughes serving as the executive director. Of the Red Cross of the local Piedmont Triad. Chapter thank you very much for your time. It's been with us here on the program appreciate the opportunity here was you're more than welcome sir and radio family of course I think Q for the good things that you are continuing to do and our communities as well please keep up. The great work thank you for your time and your wonderful company. As we do you bring another weekend edition of community focus to a close. But not before sharing as I'd like to do in saying please enjoy the rest of your day and the rest of this weekend. No advice just until next time take care.