Always there with a lending hand
By Airman 1st Class Andy Davis, 375th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 18, 2007
10-04-07 -- Being in the military, servicemembers face many challenges. Adjustments have to be made, problems solved, separations dealt with and stresses and tensions resolved. The Scott Air Force Base chapter of the American Red Cross is here to help all Joint Total Force servicemembers and their families.
The Scott chapter of the American Red Cross provides training, assistance, relief effort and helps servicemembers avoid and cope with disasters and other emergencies.
"Our mission is to mainly focus on informing and educating Joint Total Force Scott through informative presentations and also to provide valuable information to servicemembers and their families in the event of a disaster," said Stephanie Pitt, station manager.
Training is available through disaster education classes as well as health and safety courses including Pet First Aid Training, Adult and Infant Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, babysitting and automatic external defibrillator.
"Along with classes we also sponsor blood drives which we do every second Tuesday of each month," said Mrs. Pitt. "We also do emergency communication. This is used to verify the situation and relay an emergency leave request to the servicemember's commander."
"All of this could not be done without the help of the 175 active volunteers that that are at Scott," said Mrs. Pitt.
Volunteers can be found throughout the base working in the main office, at the 375th Medical Group, swimming pool, veterinary clinic, Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Education Center.
When a servicemember or their family is in need, regardless of duty status, the Scott chapter of the American Red Cross is there to lend a hand.