American Red Cross volunteer hopes for smooth transition in relief efforts

Posted at 7:15 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 07:15:59-04

Paul Spata said he's just hoping that Hurricane Harvey isn't a repeat of his experience with Hurricane Katrina, and that things are a little smoother this time around.

"If it takes that long for movement again on this one, I'll be kind of sad because it seems to me like we should have learned our lesson," he said.

He said it's going to be hard to tell how much assistance will be needed since Harvey isn't done.

"FEMA has gotta deal with the same thing, so even knowing what we have to do, we're still days away from actually being able to be in and get those things moving," he added.

The Red Cross said volunteers spend fourteen days where they are or more if necessary. Spata said being one step ahead is the best way to get the people in Texas the help they need, but the Executive Director for the American Red Cross said it's not something that will happen overnight.

"The key is that there is going to be a lot of different areas that volunteers can help in and this is going to be an on going process," Kelly King said.

Right now they are still getting volunteers ready, and depending on what's to come, it could be a process that will take long than expected.

"As we're hearing from officials, it could be anywhere from months and even years that we're going to be responding to the events that are unfolding down there," King added.

She said the best way to assist with immediate help is to send money to help with shelter and feeding services.