Local Red Cross involvement in landslide tragedy

He worked almost around the clock but Blythe Ahlstrom of the Cache County Red Cross Advisory Board says it was rewarding to help approximately 20 people who were sheltered in a nearby LDS church after their homes were damaged by the landslide in Logan’s Island area.Ahlstrom says there was an amazing outpouring of support from the community as the Red Cross helped with not only shelter but also with food, clothing, baby necessities and in some cases mental health counseling. “We did have about six people from Ogden (who) came, and some of them who’d had experience in national disasters were there for long periods of time, just assisting the Logan Red Cross with the operations of the shelter,” Ahlstrom said on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Tuesday.There were also police, nurses, and others who nearly worked around the clock to help meet the needs of more than 20 people evacuated from their homes. “It was really a very successful operation, I think, but it showed the volunteer nature of our community and how people help others who are having problems,” Ahlstrom said. Ahlstrom says more volunteers are needed, especially those trained in shelter management and other areas of disaster preparedness. He says the shelter closed only after the Red Cross was assured that everyone involved had a place to live.

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