Cenla Red Cross prepares for possible hurricane; trains volunteers

With a hurricane watch issued from La Cruz, Mexico to the south end of Baffin Bay, Texas, the Central Louisiana Red Cross employees and Disaster Service volunteers are preparing for a potential response.

According to the National Weather Center, Tropical Storm Alex is steadily strengthening and is expected to become a hurricane as early as Tuesday morning, making landfall by Thursday.  Although the storm is not expected to impact Louisiana, the Central Louisiana Red Cross is gearing up for the possibility of responding locally or deploying volunteers to the impacted area.

“We have a critical need for trained shelter volunteers and for volunteers to work in our office to provide staffing support, man the call center, and to work with Information Technology,” said Leann Murphy, CEO of the Central Louisiana Red Cross.  “Whatever your skills and expertise, there’s a place for you with the Red Cross and now is the time to get trained and identified.”

An Emergency Shelter Operations Class for registered volunteers, new teams or teams needing an update, and any individual interested in becoming a Red Cross shelter volunteer will be held at the Red Cross office at 425 Bolton Avenue on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, June 30 – 8am to 12pm

Wednesday, June 30 – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday, July 1 – 5pm to 9pm

Pre-registration is required; call the Red Cross at 318-442-6621 or email learn@cenlaredcross.org.  Hurricane preparedness information can be also be found on the Red Cross website at www.cenlaredcross.org or by calling the Red Cross office at 318-442-6621.

Cenla Red Cross thanks Central Louisiana for aid

Dear Editor:

 Even though the Central Louisiana Red Cross’ new headquarters at 425 Bolton Ave. remains under construction, it came to life at the 7th Annual Talk of the Town. Thanks to the hard work of many people, over 200 people toured the building, enjoyed a delicious dinner, bid on auction items, and enjoyed great music by The Dot’s.

 We especially thank our Platinum Sponsors Roy O Martin Companies and McDonald’s of Alexandria; Gold Sponsor Capital One; and Silver Sponsors ANG Construction, Gordon Blacktopping, Mansoor Pediatrics, Turner Teleco, A T & T, and CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini for helping us raise more than $40,000 to support the work and services of the Red Cross in Central Louisiana! Others who contributed to the event’s success include Million Air, Dr. Lawrence Menache, Ralph Sisco, A Rental Gallery, About Face, Absolut Art Glass, Doug Young Nursery, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Dept., Antoon Enterprises, The Rental Company, Barry Owens, Gene & Nancy Cotton, Schnack Jewelry Company, Southwest Beverage, Weiss & Goldring, Bistro on the Bayou, Cabinet Pro, Camp Beauregard YCP, Cathy Robinson, Cenla Beverage Co, Charlotte & Ken Wasmer, Coca Cola Bottling Co, Dillard’s, House of Flowers, Gil McKee, Glenda & David Stock, Duck Masters Bayou Waterfowling, Hokus Pokus, Jeanne Smith with LPB, Simpson Electronics,Kitchen Warehouse, KP Jewelry, Louisiana College Community Service Group, Lori Brian Photography, Maison Pompeii Antiques & Interiors, Mayor Jacques Roy, Lynn Sanders, Super 1 Foods, Mike & Donna Young, Million Air, Paragon Casino & Resort, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Randall’s Formal Wear, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Thompson Home Health, Walgreen’s, Sephora, Trade Secrets, Alexandria Mall, Sandhill Signs, Catering by Classic Creations, Funky Fleur de Lis, Bryant Cleaners, Petron Corporation Crew, Steve Ayres, Frances Vanderlick, Paul Vanderlick, Rick LaComb, James Monnier, Reldon Owens, Tina Coker, Kyra Turner, Liz Cross, Ted Silver, Harry Silver, Glenda Stock, Ann Brame Silver, Duane Blackwell, Angela Gordon, Cathy Robinson, Ben Sandifer, Ken & Charlotte Wasmer, Susan Singleton, Gerry Price, Rick Boykin, Sean Boykin, Mary Barbry, Freddie Price, James Lee, Michael Truelove, Tracy Nash, Edward Champion, Ann Farmer, Fred Farmer, Patsy Boykin, Herb Boykin, Rae Strickland, Rick Clark, Lydia Grayson, Liz Kerry, Lee Weems, LaKeitha Williams, Charles Charrier, Rosie Murphy, Sue Boykin, Rick Boykin, Donna Young, Vanessa Parson, Finessa Parson, Goldia Mustain, Rebeka Wilson, Angel Cortello, Shaun Boykin, Kristin Schulz, Angel Cortello, Daphne Bell, Missy McKnight, Donald Vigee, Michael Williams, Mike Murphy, Hau Luu, Rodney Hatch, Russell Davis, Todd Mims, Tillman Austin, Diego Perez, Larry Stanfield, Otis Bolden, Charles Reese, Brandon Brown, Amanda Chauvin, Amanda Franco, Jamie Jones, Rebecca Ray, Ebony Moran, Becky Farmer, Yvonne Humes, Patty DeWilde, Michael Franco, and Ben Sandifer. During the holidays, many families will face the tragic loss of their homes to fire but will be able to get help from the Red Cross-thanks to the generous investment of the companies and individuals who supported the Talk of the Town!

What a blessing they are to Central Louisiana!

Gratefully, Leann Murphy