Local Red Cross volunteer stationed at the “Mega Shelter”
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A Rhinelander nurse is one of at least 91 trained Red Cross disaster responders from Wisconsin who are volunteering with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Carol Miller’s role is Red Cross Health Services manager at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Called the “Mega Shelter,” the convention center has been a refuge to more than 9,000 men, women and children displaced by the hurricane.
According to the Red Cross:
• Estimates indicate more than 33,800 people sought refuge in more than 240 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas Wednesday night. Six shelters are also open in Louisiana with more than 450 people.
• Red Cross has shelter supplies for more than 70,000 people with supplies for an additional 14,000 enroute.
• Along with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 250,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.
• The organization has trailers of kitchen supplies to support eight kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day and four more trailers are on the way, as well as about 130,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 25,000 en route.
• More than half of the Red Cross emergency response fleet – 200 Emergency Response Vehicles – have been activated for the operation.