The Coshocton County Beacon April 3, 2019 - Page 3
Red Cross providing disaster assistance and education
By Josie Sellers
COSHOCTON – Since the beginning of this year, local
American Red Cross disaster relief volunteers have re-
sponded to 11 fi res involving 14 families.
“I did almost that many all of last year,” said Doug Ca-
ton, disaster relief volunteer lead and county supervisor.
“I think we did 14 all of last year.”
When Red Cross volunteers respond to a fi re, they
provide the residents of the home with blankets, kits full
of personal hygiene items, and funds on a prepaid card to
replace clothing and for a two-night hotel stay if they do
not have another housing option. Diapers can be provid-
ed to families with infants and toys are given to children.
West Lafayett e starting
lease a ﬂ ag program
WEST LAFAYETTE – Th e West Lafayette Lions Club and
Rotary Club of West Lafayette announce their joint
community project to lease an American Flag. Res-
idents in the Village of West Lafayette and the sur-
rounding area can lease a fl ag for $25 a year from these
two civic organizations.
Club members will place a 3x5 fl ag in your yard a few
days before the six patriotic holidays and will remove it
after. Th e clubs will be responsible for the storage and
maintenance of the fl ags. Th e six patriotic holidays are
Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Consti-
tution Day, and Veterans Day. Th e fl ag put up on Labor
Day will fl y through Sept. 11.
Sign up forms are available seven days a week at
Ridgewood General Store LLC located on Main Street.
For more information, call Bob at 740-502-3112 or
Dan at 740-610-6068.
Th e Red Cross, however, isn’t just on the scene of the
fi res. Volunteers also are doing prevention work to help
prevent other disasters from occurring or being as bad.
Heather Walker, disaster relief volunteer, said you can
call the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red
Cross at 740-844-2017, tell them what county you reside
in and ask for smoke alarms. Volunteers will come install
them and the batteries for them that Caton said have a
10-year life span.
“We are reaching out to 4-H groups and other youth
groups that need to do community service to help us out
with this,” Walker said.
Th e Red Cross also is bringing its pillowcase program to
the county, which is designed to teach children about being
prepared for disasters such as fi res, tornadoes and fl oods.
More volunteers are always welcome to help the Red
Cross with its disaster relief programs. An online train-
ing, along with face-to-face instruction and a background
check must be completed.
“Our workforce is 90 percent volunteers,” said Tim Cal-
lahan, disaster program manager for the Southeast Ohio
Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Th ey are invaluable.
Th ey respond whenever we need them whether it’s 3 a.m.,
a weekend or a holiday. When we need them they are
For more information, visit www.redcross.org. Th e local
Red Cross offi ce is located at 416 Main St. and its phone
number is 740-622-0228.
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